Thinking Small

I've been thinking small lately. I've been talking about being a beginner a lot in the Izannah Walker Workshop, because some of the members are brand new to sculpting. As artists we often want to skip over the beginnings and get to the big finish. Well, truth be told, it's not just artists, that's a people thing. We enjoy the BIG finish, but don't often see that the BIG Finish is not possible without the small beginning. The thumbnail sketch is what gives birth to the epic painting. A drawing on a napkin becomes a dream house. A chance phrase overheard in a coffee shop becomes the title of a writer's greatest work. These are seeds, small beginnings. They are acorns which grow into mighty oaks.

There's a verse in the Bible (Zechariah 4:10) that says, "Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings?" Seth Godin says that Small is the New Big. I started something small today called Maida Today, which stands for "Making Antique Inspired Dolls & Accessories."

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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