Thursday, May 3, 2007

A Quote Takes Flight in Cyberspace

“So, you never know how what you do will bloom into something new because of this technology”. That’s what Elana Lindquist wrote to me after I asked her about a story she had mentioned over the arts listserv.

Elana is a watercolor/sumie artist who began to paint as a way to relax and as she describes “discovered along the way, how much fun it is to create beauty using color and shape.”

In the mid 90’s Elana had also discovered and explored the power of the Internet as a way to network, learn and empower people and artists. She began writing about it online for several small publications. Like this blog, she starting addressing how artists could promote their talents on the Internet and published her thoughts and the thoughts of other creative entrepreneurs in an e-newsletter called “Fun with Success”.

It went offline about seven years ago, but another seed was planted in the process. In that publication she wrote once that...

“Success means fulfilling your own dreams, singing your own songs, dancing your own dances, creating from your heart and enjoying the journey, trusting that whatever happens it will be OK. Go and create your own adventure”.

Just last year, she googled her name and was a bit taken aback. That quote had taken up a life of its own. She had been quoted all over the place and in five different languages no less. What a pleasant surprise to find that a sentiment recorded in a newsletter read by a thousand or so had merely been the launching pad for something greater. The quote had become an inspiration for the afewlinesmore, awordtothewise.info, apricotisland among many, many other online communities as well as an e-newsletter of September of last year.

If you would like a chance to meet Elana and see her work, she will be at the Peninsula Public Library on May 8th at 7:00pm.

2 comments:

Ruby said...

that IS a great quote! the Tacoma art list serve has been a great resource for me, even though I live in Olympia. and I love being an art blogger, I post about my own art, local art, and also art that I find in cyberspace, check it out: http://rubyreusable.com/artblog/

NineInchNachos said...

I'm a big fan of the list serve as well. The creative possibilities just the list serve itself gives to individual artists (or cartoonists) is awesome given the audience it commands. Go Team Tacoma!