November 21, 2010

When you've seen one bird, you haven't seen them all.

"Use the talents you possess -- 
for the woods would be a very silent place 
if no birds sang except for the best." 
 -- Henry Van Dyke

Sometimes when I look at the ENORMOUS amount of art available to view and/or purchase online, I feel a bit overwhelmed.  There are so many extraordinary things, so many profound ideas already executed, so many songs sung (and so beautifully!), that I can't help but wonder why I bother to create my humble artistic offerings at all.  

That's when I find I need to step away from the computer and put my hands to work.  Ideas seem to flow best when I'm busily engaged making my own music, no matter how out of tune.  We all have a song, and a voice to sing it with, if we'll open up and let it escape.  And our song is distinctively our own, an intricate harmony completely unique and flavored with the notes of our own experience and insight.

So find yourself a branch on which to sit, look around for a moment and then sing the song of what you see -- a celebration of the beauties of the outside world, shared through the lens of your inside world.  

The chorus can only be made fuller and more glorious 
with the addition of every voice, no matter how small.



  1. What a beautiful post, Susan! Almost made me weepy.... I loved your work from the first time I saw it and now that I am getting to know you a bit, I'm starting to love YOU, too! Your song is music to my ears! Keep singing, little bird!

  2. Super work, Susan. I can tell you love what you do.

  3. Thanks Susan - exactly what I needed to read this afternoon. Off to explore my piles of yarn!

  4. This article is the best motivator I can imagine on a gray November Monday morning.
    Thank you for this beautiful article, Susan.
    Hope to hear you singing a lot! Your work rocks!!!

  5. Thank you all, kind friends! Glad I came over to see if there were any comments, because you have all made my day. Just the thing for a gray November Monday, indeed.


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