When I was working at the coffee shop one of the baristas was always reading a book that interested me. First it was The Fountainhead, then it was a book called Art & Fear. I rarely buy a book before attempting to get it at my library first, and Art & Fear wasn't available at my library, so I never ended up pursuing it.
One day, however, while I was at the bookstore, I happened to come across this book on the shelves, and I opened it, no kidding, to a chapter entitled "Magic." The above quote is how the chapter begins. The chapter is short, just a couple pages, but I wanted to share a few quotes here because I see this as the place where my vision at Messy Canvas intersects.
As my focus for Messy Canvas, I have The Magic School and I have the Secret Message Society. Being as they both were dreamed up out of me, this solitary person, it only makes sense that they weave in and out of each other, sometimes so succinctly that I am unsure which one I am working on. Am I being an artist or am I being a magician? Quite often the answer is simply, YES.
What I am clear about is that my art and my magic are unique to me, but not limited to me. Art and magic are available to anyone, but never will they play out in precisely the same fashion. To tell you that what I do is magic and leave it at that, may make you assume it is out of your reach because you weren't born with the inherit divine laying on of hands that results in creative prowess.
Then again, to tell you that you can create your world EXACTLY as I do, is also untrue, because what I do is unique to me, and is an individual expression of the way I see the world. My own "Ish" way, if you will. It would be down right discouraging to you to attempt to match me magic for magic and art for art.
Which brings me to the second quote I would like to share with you.