96 a life's work

tribal 96/365 | year of creative habits

"Who doesn't hold out the hope of starting a memorable project at a grand old age? A life's work is always unfinished and requires creativity till the day a person dies. Even if you've managed major accomplishments throughout your life and don't really need a model for make a mark, you do need one for enriching an ongoing existence."

from The Paper Garden: An artist begins her life's work at 72 by Molly Peacock, a biography about Mary Granville Pendarves Delany who "upon her second husband's death, after twenty-three years of marriage, she arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed media collage."

My daily drawing is done and now I'm taking today to rest and refuel. I find women like Mrs. Delany, Vivian Maier, and Jane Austen so inspiring, women who had families and/or jobs and yet still found ways to steal time here and there to create.