Artistic Optimisim!!


Well, we all know that some days deliver more disappointment creatively than others!  But, hey, that’s the outrageous see-saw of art!  The penultimate flip side is the elated high of getting a project finished or all the proverbial pieces seem to fall into place.  So….I have written this miniature eplilogue to help inspire those fellow creatives who also feel the need to dust down the paint splattered shirt & try again to tackle a subject or ‘vision’ that just didn’t happen…..Remember there is always a silver cloud ….somewhere….and just ‘don’t give up, don’t EVER give up!’

I hope the following quotes will flip a glimmer of hope at anyone passing through, I always find them most comforting, & usually have a read over them on my battered A4 notepad (whilst nursing a cuppa & a packet of biscuits) on a rough or somewhat slopey day!

Anyhow, here goes….& may your weeks be glorious! 😉

“Follow your own star!” — Dante Alighieri

An artist’s early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is.” — Bridget Riley.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” — Woodrow Wilson.

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet. ” — William Blake

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” — Picasso.

Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right. — John Donne

“I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” — Picasso.

“Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting.” — Winston Churchill.

“An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” –. James MacNeill Whistler.

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Picasso.

“What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.” — John Ruskin.

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” — Rabindranath Tagore.

“Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.” — Winston Churchill.

And finally, there is this little gem, which I was given on a bright pink printed sheet in London some 19 years ago.  It was handed out under the title of ‘The Legend of  the Pin Man’…the Pin Man in question, being a homeless man who travelled around, selling handpainted drawing pin badges that he made & sold ‘3 in a bag’ for a £1.00.  I had many a wonderful chat with this incredibly optimistic man, & ran into him several more times over the year in numerous locations, the last time I ever saw him he handed me this piece of paper & I still treasure it too this day!  God (or whoever) bless the Pin Man….wherever he is 😉

When things go wrong; as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow,

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem the worst that you must not quit.

Author Unknown

Failing that….play the EVER AMAZING Gogol Bordello REALLY loudly 😉

or the music GOD …. the Man In Black, Johnny Cash…I adore his early songs, but was truely blown away when he released his covers albums, this one being originally an amazingly moving NIN track, but if I may say so, I think he owns this one!!!…….A greatly inspirational musician with a voice that always gives me goosepimples!…Fabulous.


3 responses »

  1. WOW! I love this post, this is fabulous…
    I especially love your words…”The penultimate flip side is the elated high of getting a project finished or all the proverbial pieces seem to fall into place…”
    So, you’re an outstanding writer in addition to being an amazing artist?

    Choose Happiness & Success!

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