Two Little Houses in Brooklyn

I love walking by these cute little houses in my neighborhood of Brooklyn from a completely different time. For one reason or another they were spared until 1973 when Park Slope was designated an historical district and their future was assured, so those of us who delight in such things can walk through different time zones on a single street.

I could have just taken pictures. I did in fact take pictures, but it was so I could draw them at home. And I wanted to draw them, not only because I can, but because I wanted to show the feeling of the houses. I knew it would come through because my eye had already taken a picture and sent it to my brain to decipher. Then at home I could work on transferring both images to paper, the mechanical one that was true to life and full of detail, and the one in my head that was in touch with the feeling. Wanting to convey both truth and feeling, not sacrificing one for the other, wasn’t even something I had to think about. I already knew that what my eye saw was going to travel to my brain, then my brain was going to send a signal down through my nervous system into my arm, then into my hand with the brush. A hand that was pulsing with the blood from my heart. A feeling heart with an intelligence of its own.

And so the transfer was made and my sensory relationship to the world around me increased. Sometimes I think I only like to draw because I want to know what my heart sees. Feeling the Spirit in Matter not only as a theory but as a reality.

About Nancy Wait

Nancy Wait is an artist and a memoir writer, "The Nancy Who Drew, the Memoir That Solved a Mystery," and a former actress (stage, film and TV) in the UK under the name Nancie Wait. She hosted blog talk radio shows "Art and Ascension" and "Inspirational Storytellers." Her current project is a second memoir, "The Nancy Who Drew the Way Home," due out in 2023.
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