I have signed up for a two-day art workshop this weekend.Sometimes, you know, I have to step away from words and let another part of my creative mind have a play day or two.
I am a very amateur artist who enjoys sketching and watercolor dabbling. What attracted me to this workshop, called Watercolor Traveler: Simple and Small, is that it is described as being for someone looking for "some fresh portable ways to paint and draw." It promises that at the close of the second day I will have a hand-made reference journal full of examples to use "in the field or at home."
Any activity that involves notebooks appeals to me. And, simple and portable is just my speed.
So I have gathered together my paints and brushes and am ready to Meet My Muse.
To inspire me even further, I dipped into my copy of The Art Spirit (1923) by Robert Henri and found this:
Painting is the expression of ideas in their permanent form. It is the giving of evidence. It is the study of our lives, our environment. The American who is useful as an artist is one who studies his own life and records his experiences; in this way he gives evidence. If a man has something to say, he will find a way of saying it.
As will a woman, Henri. As will a woman.