Letter Art: Definitions

English needs separate words for “want.”

Meaning 1) I think it’s a good idea in theory.

Meaning 2) I am willing to put in the necessary time, effort, spiritual energy to make it happen.

I have lots of the first type of want, less of the second.

I have ideas for lettering. Fantastic ideas. Artistic ideas. Clever ideas. Some are all three. Time, effort, and spiritual energy? Not so much.

Plus, the ideas never look as good on paper or on the screen as they do in my head. Somewhere there is an elegant quote that explains this. ‘We start a new skill, artistic endeavor, what-have-you, because we are excited by the brilliant examples we have seen. As beginners, our technical skills cannot yet create what we envision. This is natural. This is difficult. Keep trying.’ Google has let me down, so you will have to take my word for it.

Which is an elaborate way of saying that I didn’t get to my lettering this week.

Better luck next week.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Update: Found it! Advice for Beginners by Ira Glass.
Here it is an illustrated version:
Zen Pencils: Advice for Beginners by Ira Glass
The assist goes to to Horse Tender Studio for clueing me in to Zen Pencils:
Horse Tender Studio: Make Good Art

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