One of my favorite books of all time is “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck. Perhaps it was the timing that made it so impactful. I was young, floundering, feeling like I was missing out on something but didn’t know what. Searching for a greater truth. The book taught me how to make a choice, that I had a choice, and how to take responsibility for those choices. I have made some bad choices but more good than bad. If you are paying attention your learn from your choices.
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Aristotle
Reflecting recently on my 35 years as an artist it has been quit a ride. Dedicated to an old craft, learning from a box of dusty old book and a few kindred spirits I forged out a living.
Creating art has been the thread that binds the patchwork fabric of my life. It is the one constant in an ever changing world. Creating art is not a job it is more of a way of life. At times it can be very difficult and frustrating. Sometime it flow out like water over a falls. Creativity seem to ebb and flow like the tides, influenced by the moon, the seasons, and the passions of the heart.
I have grown to appreciate the responsibility that comes with the freedom of expression. Each day is a blank canvas, each project a reflection of your integrity, passion, and dedication to be the best. You got to leave everything on the table at the end of each day. Trust yourself, test yourself, lay it down without hesitation. When its done, its done… On to the next. Really love this quote by Hunter Thompson.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S. Thompson
I have always found writing difficult. Every artist statement I’ve written seems lacking in one way or another. My office manager Melanie laugh and rolls her eyes when I write an email because it take several drafts before I am satisfied. I am always looking for the right words. My grandfather was an editor of a newspaper in Detroit back in the 30’s, my mother was bilingual and a stickler for grammar. I never got the hang of it.
The desire to express my feelings led me to becoming an artist. However there are a great deal of thoughts and feeling better expressed in words. To help me express some of these ideas I will, from time to time, use a quote. This quote by John Lennon expresses a core belief of mine and is so beautify written.
If you’d like, share you thoughts, or if your like me share a quote.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” John Lennon
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey
I found this quote today and am reminded that truly original work comes from listening to the soft small voice of the soul and having the courage to act. Do not want fear and doubt to control my actions but allow love and compassion guide my choices…..like there’s nobody watching.