I was trying to write a novel about a young girl growing up in rural Manitoba in the early 60’s. I say trying because this project was so overwhelming that it was beating me up every time I approached my desk. So . . . onward and upward with my new intention. This is not a scrapped project, just one that is sitting on a shelf – waiting for my muse. I will be keeping this image close to my heart however.
My daughter has created a piece of art for me to use as inspiration. An artist and computer wizard, she is my biggest motivation. She just finished a huge internet design project involving hundreds of people, and her organizational skills and creativity kept her in the loop all the way. She is a true friend and gift to the artist in my spirit. She constantly adds challenges to my art to push me further into the creativity – for example, she will sit me down and let me start to draw on a page, but then turn the page on me and make me continue, then change my pencil to a felt marker and then later to a pencil crayon, all while turning the page different ways. Every time she sees me settling into my “box”, she shakes me up. She is a natural teacher and uses multi-media as if it was an everyday tool.
This is my daughter’s idea of a sketch for me to focus my young girl on . . .