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The place I call Sketchbook is not only where I sketch, but
where I keep notes on the sketchbooks of my energy, my process,
what I look like, and what I believe about the transformation
we call Life.
I find my most important job in the creative process is paying
I learn from the simplest things.
My husband and I have a crayon sketch, signed Picasso. When we
moved two years ago, we packed everything. Since we've lived in
McCall, that picture hasn't shown up. I dreamed Picasso, I
looked through numerous books on Picasso, his life and works,
and learned more about him than I had ever known...which
originally was not much. And everywhere I turned, his quotes
would turn up. "I do not seek, I find", he said. And, "When I
run out of red, I use green."
I was determined to find that picture!
So - as I made my daily lists of things to do, I'd write:
go dry cleaner
One day, while checking on my list - I suddenly read it in a
I smiled, and spent the day in the studio, blissfully following
the discovery inherent in art. The art of life, the art of
business, the business of art.
So I'll leave you with this thought in mind, as you travel your
day, no matter what your list of things to do.
Find Picasso, in any way you can.
-Excerpt from "Dust is Forever, the Mountain Woman's Guide to
Artful Cleaning", ©1999. Donna Bernstein, Running Wind