Starting to read through Jennifer New’s ” Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art

“I think we are well-advised to to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.” — Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior” — Christina Baldwin

“I set about filling the notebook with odd facts, stories from the past, and all sorts of other things, often including the most trivial material. On the whole I concentrated on things I found charming and splendid; my notes are also full of poetry and observations on trees and plants, birds and insects.” — The Pillow Books of Sei Shonagon

“I was out walking the dog and I saw 500 things that made me want to make art” — Maria Kalman