Several months ago, I received an email asking kindly if I would participate in “The U.S./Canada Project”. The concept was simple. Massachusetts artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord wanted to send a copy of her new book to each of the 50 States and 10 Provinces. I was selected via Google and asked to be the PEI recipient.
A little while later, and I received Art Lessons – Reflections From An Artist’s Life in the mail. A small 30-page pocket sized self-published book.
Being an artist is not about fame or fortune, where you show or how much you sell. Being an artist is a full-time life, not just a full-time job or a career. - Art Lessons
My assigned tasks were also simple:
- You are sent a copy of Art Lessons.
- You log onto BookCrossing and note that you have it.
- You read it, if you want.
- You release it, either controlled—give/send it to someone—or wild—leave it in a public place.
Every time I moved out of the self-imposed lines I was honouring, it took bursts of both determination and desperation. Every transition grew out of months filled with tears. Each time I needed to stop making rules for myself and dig down to the next layer of making art—to take what I knew and step into the unknown. Our work is what leads us in new directions. We need to let it be our guide and have the belief and the confidence to follow it.
And now it’s time for me to release it. Who would be interested and preferably local to PEI?