Monday, October 15, 2012

Words To Live By

I begin each new journal not with a drawing but with a quotation. They are inspiration; they are the prime that gets my creative water pump flowing. Throughout my life there have been people whose words have inspired me, comforted me during the rough times, nurtured me during the growing times, and kept me on track when all was going well.

The quotes may be about the wonders of nature, or the greatness of the spirit. Sometimes they've helped me to be a better artist. And sometimes they've helped me to be a better human being. Usually, the quotes are just the words. But this week, while working on a couple of calligraphy pieces, I got the urge to put a face to the words. Things kind of snowballed. And, before I knew it, I'd set aside my originally planned subject for this week's article in favor of something rather spontaneous.

I hope you enjoy the results.

This quote by Robert Frost was the first that I took personally -- the first that I chose, of my own accord, to remember. And it has stayed with me through the years.

Miyazaki-san is a Living Treasure... and  a pixy 

When I was younger Rachel Carson taught me the meaning of courage in the face of adversity. And when I grew older she taught me how to be a better parent.

even if we speak no French, we might do well to take these lines to heart

I first came to Saint Ex through his aviation writing. It was only later that I discovered The Little Prince, but it has been that book more than any other that I have gifted to friends and loved ones. And it has been this passage that I have wanted to share most.


Mistakes happen. (If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying new things.) But every mistake is a new opportunity to learn and grow. (And, in the long run, mistakes don't matter; after all, who can remember how many times they fell down in the process of learning how to walk?) Let the mistakes commence!

the uncrowned Poet Laureate of the 70s

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  1. Wonderful!!!! I loved them all...but my favourite was the one that showed the "mistakes"!

  2. Absolutely splendid! The combination of heart-to-heart quotes and the hand-drawn and -lettered pieces is exceptional! Makes me want to do something similar...perhaps during the dead of winter when I find one seeks inspiration more desperately than under the summer sun.

    Thanks for sharing the quotes that make you tick!

  3. I love these! The one that resonates with me the most is the quote by Rachel Carson. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Hwee. Ms. Carson was a very special person. I, like so many others, first got to know her through Silent Spring. But it was her gentle strength and love for humanity (especially children) that really inspired me most.

  4. Really like your quotes. Will have to illustrate one day picasso`s about inspiration that likes to find you at work. Nice to follow you!