Have you ever found yourself in a place
you didn’t know you were headed five minutes before
only to discover it was absolutely, positively inevitable that you be there?
This happened to me last night while catching up on emails.
I was really tired and was just about to turn off the computer when I saw I had an email from Amazon (one of those marketing emails…telling you about a book you ‘might be interested in’). The title wasn’t familiar (which is kind of odd, considering how often I peruse the site for books on this subject); I could’ve just waited until this morning to read about it, but instead, decided to go ahead and see what it was all about. How long could it take?
One of the nice features about Amazon is that (in most cases) you can preview the book before deciding to buy it. So I started scanning down through the available pages, quickly, to see if it might be something I’d be interested in.
I’d scanned past a few when a quote caught my eye.
“I might not make art every day, but I dream about what I want to achieve as an artist every day, and sometimes that’s enough”.
This quote seemed so familiar and so personal to me that, for a minute, I wondered if I had said it! But I knew better. I hadn’t said it…I’d felt it but had never been brave enough to say it out loud.
These words gave me wings!
I may not make art every day but I do dream about it, I visualize it, I plan and take notes, and I study and I read and I research and I sort out and I analyze and I think about and look at and imagine and eat, breathe and sleep about it every. single. day.
And sometimes that is enough.
I definitely needed to hear these words and I definitely needed to share them (with others) in my blog!
I couldn’t make out the author’s name though (because the print was really light) so I did a search on-line to see if I could find out who said it. Nothing came up (and even though I was still really tired) I was still intrigued as well, so I went back and tried another approach – ‘zooming in’. This worked! I was finally able to see the author’s name.
The new book is Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media by Tonia Jenny.
And the quote, “I may not make art every day, but I dream about what I want to achieve as an artist every day, and sometimes that’s enough” is by Colleen Monette (who just so happens to be a very good friend of mine!)
I had no idea about the book or the quote! And now I can’t wait to get it!