Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.
We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
I find myself putting off blogging because I feel I don’t have the time to perfect my writing, edit photos, and properly arrange the story these beautiful buildings have to tell. But after reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I’ve decided to quit taking this work so seriously, and ironically, start taking this work seriously, and blog a little bit each day.
So, here are a few interior photos showing interior details of my tax credit project on Fifth Street in downtown Alexandria. I hope they remind you that beauty exists amongst the overlooked, the neglected, and in the middle of the mess.
And seriously, go pick up a copy of Big Magic now.
6 thoughts on “Big Magic”
Gotta love the old girl!! So many stories, so much character!! Thanks for sharing it!!
Will enjoy immensely watching this lovely old house come to life again. And I’m going to go look for that book.
Such a lot of cool spaces, love your pictures. And great quote! Will have to find that book 🙂
1. Liz Gilbert: huge fan. 2. Big Magic is on my to read list. Have listened to/watched some of her Big Magic videos and podcasts. 3. I so love this house! So glad you are rescuing it.
Fifth st , eh , gotta go find this house…