Lazy afternoon.Reading. Sketching. Drinking coffee. Perfect time to savor the poet Mary Oliver's rich affair with language in her 2016 book of essays " Upstream". My favorite essay is "Of Power and Time" because it is a tall cold drink of water for the parched artist. Oliver is direct and unsentimental here. Her advice is bracing and uncompromising. She warns us with, "Of this there can be no question- creative work requires a loyalty as complete as the loyalty of water to the force of gravity." Then she declares that we face a cold reality, " The working, concentrating artist is an adult who refuses interruption from himself, who remains absorbed and energized in and by the work- who is thus responsible to the work." But Oliver also shares the reward for a life devoted in this way: " I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or to the timely...My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive." The essay ends with a cautionary reflection: " The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave it neither power nor time." Read this important book. It will change you.
Look! I had pencils made for the event this weekend. My company's called Rethink Central and the class I taught was on how to take your ideas from inside your head to a masterClass.. Then you can use it to help your clients learn something useful and fall in love with you a little and want more.
Good for your biz and good for them. And great for me as I finally have an actual official reason to buy large quantities of pencils.
These right here are non varnished cedar. It feels like you're holding an actual bit of tree not just some random overly manufactured artifact.
Pretty huh? What do you think? Thoughts appreciated
My next event taught class is soon - about 5 weeks in Barcelona for the lovely location independent peeps @7in7co led by the equally lovely @kitwhelan I see more pencils in my near future...