In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.~ Albert Schweitzer
Several years ago I met a remarkably multi-talented writer and artist. We had sushi together one night in Boulder, and I felt like we had always known each other. She joined a writing group my housemate and I started in our home and we became a little better acquainted. Then she moved to California and then to Oregon. We kept in touch by email and then Facebook and sometimes a real note in the mail. I follow her on her web site and was intrigued when she started a project in January of this year to create a painting a day and post it to her site. During that time she traveled - with her rabbit - and still painted every day. Some days her painting made me laugh out loud. Some days I felt a rush of excitement or an explosion of pleasure at her colors and shapes. This month she is creating collages of paint and words and whatever her brilliance dictates. And she honored me by asking if she could use my words. So I sent her an excerpt of a story in progress, and the results are here.
Niya also sells her prints and will be writing more than one book based on her 2013 challenge to herself. One of the many things I love about her is her dedication to her art. She inspires me every day, and I'm challenging my own creativity for a 2014 daily project of some kind. I don't know yet what it will look like, but whatever form it takes, I'll be sharing it here.
I am grateful to Niya for her beautiful and inspiring art and for her ongoing dedication and love of the arts.