Witches? Vampires? Elves? Hobbits? I, of course, encountered none. I didn't live in some mystical land conjured through fantasy, nor was I part of a well thought off sci-fi empire. But I had been reading Deborah Harkness' "Shadow of Night" (Book 2 of A Discovery of Witches) and my mind was trying to figure out a few things that weren't completely clear. "If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities." -- Maya Angelou. Such true words, especially in today's world, providing a more than welcome escape. A favorite quote of mine by Lynda Barry really says it all. "We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay."
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." --Aristotle
Art comes to us in many forms. Painting is an art but, so are writing, composing, acting …. It does not take writing a book or composing a score to be an artist. Art is a way of living. You feel it. You see it. You live it. By paying attention to everybody and everything around you …. People, rivers, plains, flowers, animals … Observing and recording that what touches your heart.