Sunday, October 26, 2008

Keep Moving Forward

Study of Lilies in colored pencil

My family watched Meet the Robinsons this weekend. It's both a fun book and movie. My sons love the inventions (and all carry around notebooks with inventions in them.) And as adults who sometimes face frustrations, my husband and I love the "Keep Moving Forward" theme.

Are you discouraged by your progress right now? Was your last piece a disaster? Does a certain thing you are trying to achieve seem out of reach?

The Robinson answer is "Keep Moving Forward."

In one scene, they celebrate a failure (a repair that does not fix the problem). They all say things like, "that is a wonderful failure, one of the best I've ever seen." The main character asks why the reaction is so happy and positive, as he hasn't solved the problem. The answer comes..."With a failure you learn something. A success, not so much."

I'm going to take that to heart...I've got an idea in my head for the above image...this CP sketch didn't come out how I wanted...the subsequent ink drawing was even worse. I could let that discourage me, but instead, I am just going to keep moving forward - I'll keep thinking about it and come up with some new ideas to try.

So if you are in a tough spot...go learn something.

P.S. If you read this in a reader, please go check it out on the blog. My friend Belinda has designed a great new header for me. She's very talented! Thanks again Belinda!


Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Love the new banner Rose!
It looks awesome!
My girls like that movie also. It never fails to amaze me how much I learn from kid shows. They're always so much more inspirational than anything that's made for "grown-ups." I guess no matter how old we get, those simple messages are still the ones that ring true.

Jeanette said...

Fabulous banner! The colours really pull you in.

And you're right. It is the problems that help us, not the things that go smoothly. Without failures, there would be no successes.

Jo Castillo said...

Your banner is lovely and colorful. You make a good point in this post. I'm off to fail .. well not really. :)