Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Brilliant Moment of Inspiration

Mia said...

I like this post. How do you think of the things you write? Where do you get your inspiration?

Thanks for the questions, Mia. My inspiration comes during quiet times, and feels like the purest parts of me coming together. It can happen while waking from a dream, reading a book, meditating, watching birds in a tree, speaking to a friend - any time really. Something within me is triggered, and my ideas come together in a way that formulates an original statement and the desire to express it. I carry these statements around with me throughout my life, creating my life's work from them - like our symbols create our dreams.

I'm not sure I can explain it any better than Goethe did when he said, "It is not the material the artist takes from nature that makes a work of art, but what the artist puts into it from within. The most elevated work of art causes us to forget that it is based on a content from nature and awakens our interest only through what the artist has made of it. The artist forms naturally but does not form as nature herself does."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Owed to Robert

Blogger reinventor said...

Big Kiss Mary! You make my life Brighter with your light!

This is a comment from my friend, Robert Parker, whose genius is behind two of my book covers. His paintings don the covers of Without a Word and Shadow Dancing. We will all be hearing more from Robert over the years, I am sure. Currently, he is a free lance feature writer in the Knoxville Tennessee area, having recently moved there from the Santa Monica, California. Working on advanced degrees in Philosophy and life in general at the University of Tennessee, Robert moves into becoming one of the worlds great artists and thinkers.

Thank you Robert, for supporting me in my work. You brighten our world too.