While many painters look to other painters for inspiration, I have always felt a deeper connection to the written word. Somehow, the translation of words on a page into images in my mind offers fresher, truer new ideas than looking at the work of other artists. Perhaps because I resist the temptation to imitate. I know that the images evoked by stories are unique to my perception of the world. Also, stories move. The narration is constantly unfolding, never stagnate. And because my work in so rooted in movement, I connect to that type of interaction with a scene. Whatever the multifaceted reasons are, it works for me. And nothing works better than reading Eudora Welty. I’ve just finished “One Writer’s Beginning” and heartily recommend this lovely memoir to anyone interested in the creative process, whatever your media- painting, writing, music, all of it. Or to anyone who loves “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Welty invites us to relive the beauty of seeing the world through a child’s eyes, just as Harper Lee does in her classic novel. Enjoy! It is a rare treat.

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  1. Jeanne

    This really is a tuhoght-provoking article. I especially like the idea that you should wake up every morning and remember what you want to become rather than who you are. I also agree that it is important to try new things every day to add new experiences to your life. However, do you see any values in routines such as what Leo Babauta advocates in his Zen Habits blog? He mentions simple routines that he does each evening and then again in the morning that include a brief workout, journaling, reading, and planning out your day. I also think it might be valuable to instead of trying to plan your day as you wake up that you write out your agenda the night before so you can get right into things. I’ve written a couple different articles about this on my blog, and I’d be interested to hear your tuhoghts. Keep up the outstanding work though, I’ve really enjoyed your articles.Bryan Povlinskiís last blog post..[]