The cool thing about having a blog is hearing from people all over the world that I would never have met in any other way. Last year I posted a quote by the artist Paul Reynard, and a couple weeks ago Paul’s wife sent me an email from France. She just happened to be perusing the web and came upon my blog post. (Paul Reynard died in January of 2009.) I wish I could read French, because she offered me any of his writings that I wanted… I really love his thoughts about the creative process. Here’s one excerpt:
“…there is a deep necessity in man to express himself…all arts respond to the same need, the need to express something which could never be discovered in any ordinary way, something that needs to be sought for, that doesn’t come by itself…[art is our] attempt to find this possibility, which is really a hidden possibility.”
I love the line: we are seeking something…that doesn’t come by itself.