Sometimes “the magic” is forged between laundry, meal preparations, first aid-ing, refereeing and question responding. Without this pressure cooker I doubt I would fight for the bursts of creating like I do. And most certainly it would matter less.
Mark-making/painting/illustrating/imaging/drawing is, after all, a spoke off the wheel of my life and without it or any of the other spokes I would be in a ditch somewhere cursing the oblongness of my tire. Each spoke carries the balance of the weight of the ride, bringing order to the exertion.
Appreciating the momentum instead of being swept away by it, therein lies the tension and the joy.
“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” -Anne Lamott
**Paper Cut, Voyage of the Faithful, by Erin Cross.