Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wise Words to the Artist from A. A. Milne

Sunshine, acrylic, 7 in x 5 in Sunshine

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We all have days/seasons in life (art) when it all just seems too much.

This is one to remember on those days:

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

-- Christopher Robin to Pooh

Here’s how I apply that wisdom to my artistic journey:

I might be rejected. Well, the brave must learn to face rejection. Yes, you risk failure, but you also risk success. It wouldn’t be bravery (or success!) if you didn’t have to risk something that mattered.

It’s hard. Well, yes, good art is hard work. If it wasn’t, everyone would do it and no one would value it. So, dig deeper and press ahead.

It’s lonely. Well, yes, not everyone “gets” what you do. Does it matter though? You get what you do, you know why you do this, you know what it means to you, maybe that is enough.


Anita said...

Great quote!
My favourite "pick-me-up" book is by Dr Seuss - "Oh the Places You will Go!"
Pretty flower - wonderful colours.

Belinda Lindhardt said...

this is just beautiful Rose, you have just captured something beautiful here :) can imagine having something like that hanging making you feel happy everytime you look at it :)

Sydney Harper said...

Wise words from you and Christopher Robin.

A lovely sunny flower for a dreary winter day.

Valerie Jones said...

Rose, this Sunshine piece is beautiful!!! The wise words are helpful too!

Rose Welty said...

Anita, that is another great book.

Belinda, it's always good to have happiness prompts :D.

Sydney, we're in the 80s here today.

Valerie, thanks.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Rose, this is a great little painting. Lovely strokes. You put a smile on my tired face tonight. Susan and I are together for the workshop! Later.....

travelingsuep said...

I was googling a a milne and found this post by you...
Lovely painting! Apt words too as it is so hard to remember these things sometimes.