November 16, 2013
in the sketchbook...
if you follow me on instagram, you already saw this little doodle but thought i would share it here too... it's such a good reminder, time and time again.
don't give up!
one thing i've learned this past year as a full time artist is that sometimes things don't happen on the first try. or even the second, or the fifth, or the fiftieth... sometimes my vision is finally realized on the hundredth try. and if i gave up on the fifth, i wouldn't see my vision come to life.
i think about all the great artists i admire and glean from, and it's so easy to look at their work or where their career has taken them and start to feel 'less than', inadequate, etc... but i've realized that i'm only seeing their highlight reel. i'm not seeing the deleted scenes or the blooper reel, i'm seeing the fruit of countless hours of hard work and perseverance. i'm not seeing the blood, sweat, tears, frustration, high and low points... i'm seeing the final product of all that.
i came across this quote a few weeks ago and i absolutely love it...
"great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - vincent van gogh
we're all in the same creative canoe, paddling with small strokes in the water, each stroke just as important as the next- it's the perseverance of the paddling, it's the series of dips in the water that get us to where we want to go. our muscles might be sore, our mind might be exhausted, but let's keep moving!
row at your own pace and don't compare yourself to anyone else. don't change because you have critics, don't change your voice for the crowd... raise your unique voice that the Creator gave you, glorify him with it.
don't give up friends.