How to make your dreams come true

dreamscape watercolor, 7 x 10 inches, $100
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
—Mark Twain
Put pen to paper.


Make a drawing of what you imagine.
Write down what you want to do.
That's how to make your dreams come true.

Every single thing I've created, from a song, to a CD project, from a course design to a website design, from an exhibit of paintings to designing and building a building, from a sketch to a series of paintings, and the list goes on..., has started with an idea, a desire, and then, by putting pen to paper.

If you've worked with me as a student or client (or are a very dear friend), you know that I have a thang for Lamy Safari fountain pens.

In 1996, I discovered my first Safari at Aarts en Co. in Eindhoven and have not gone a day since without using that pen. In fact, I just had two of those early Safaris refurbished.

Why do I have such a thang for these things? Because the Lamy Safari is ergonomically designed, comes in fab colors, is affordably priced and, each year, Lamy issues a limited edition color.

I own a total of five Safaris and have lost only one over the last 18 years. (My red one. I lost it, then found it, then lost it again.) I use my Safari starting with my coffee in the morning and, well, here it is, late at night, and my newest pen is right here by the keyboard. (It's an Al-Star, an aluminum version of the Safari in Ocean Blue.) Love It.

If you want to make your dreams come true, start using pen and paper. Get your flow going.

If you want a Lamy Safari of your own, visit or call up the Fountain Pen Hospital. They'll all take good care of you but you can ask for Adrienne (and be sure to say I sent you.)
“You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.”
—Barbara Sher
2014 See Here Now Course starts in April!

Start from the very beginning with me and build yourself a solid foundation in drawing and watercolor. You don't have to be an artist, you just have to want to learn and remember (how to draw and how to see.)

Click here to read about See Here Now, my online course in drawing and watercolor, and make sure that you're on the waiting list for advance notice.

If you're one of those people who tells others that you can't draw, ask yourself what happened to you. Ask yourself what happened to the child who loved to crayon and draw lines and play with color. How did that child become an adult who proclaims "I can't draw!"?


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laura said...

Really stunning yellows and yellow-greens. And of course I am drawn, as always, to the pure blue!

Suzanne McDermott said...

You are SUCH a good socializer, Laura!! Always great to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words. I've sent some of my students over to your blog for edification. Hope spring comes soon to Cape May!