I saw this quote recently on the cover of a book filled with beautiful photos of windows, and had to add it to my collection…I would of course, prefer if she had said “person” rather than man, but it was the deep, dark past…
“Art is the window to a man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world, nor could the world see the man within.”
Claudia Lady Bird Johnson
“The map of your right life is written on your soul at it’s most peaceful, and the only sure compass is your heart at it’s most open.”
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
“Just do it” – we’ve all heard that somewhere before, if only in an ad for sports shoes. You may well have heard it from your mother, or some other authority in your young life, and, of course, it’s the rallying cry of the punk movement. I don’t know how many times I’ve read that the Sex Pistols ( or the Neo Boys, or some other just-do-it band) “couldn’t even play” as a dismissal of everything they ever did. Truth is, they learned by doing, in front of other people, having, bravely or foolishly, booked to play shows without spending years practising first. They couldn’t play much when they started – but they sure learnt fast.
Everyone learns by doing, including art.
If you have art in you, don’t wait to become an artist – just do art!
(Insert dream of your choice).
It will grow your soul, lead you where you want to go, and reveal your best self to the world.