I am beginning a new book today, Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking This was one of two recommended by Stan Kurth during the workshop this week. It seemed the perfect read for the angst and upset of endings and new beginnings, and a way to move past today's giants. It's a small book, but filled with juicy bits. Here's one that made me smile: Art is made by ordinary people. Creatures having only virtues can hardly be imagined making art. It's difficult to imagine the Virgin Mary painting landscapes. Or Batman throwing pots.
Oh my! I got the giggles imagining the caped crusader at the pottery wheel. The author goes on to praise our flaws as sources of strength (oh YAY! I am the world's strongest woman!) and suggests that art is about overcoming things. Like our journey into the woods, where we encounter our own fears in the form of giants and defeat them. I already love this book.
I will be journeying to the frosty north (well, Charlotte, NC) next weekend for the #100LoveNotes opening gala and to teach a workshop for ordinary people. If you want to come out and play with me, give me a shout! Workshop runs Friday and Saturday. Sign up here.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation