Wednesday, 2 February 2011

creative inspiration

I like seeing how people 'grow', especially in creative directions. It was a real joy to look through this artist's progression over the year of her drawings, and see how her confidence has increased, how less becomes more, how assured the quality of her linework, and also her ideas become.

It also reminds me that to become good at anything requires practice. Practice, perseverance, and picking oneself up and carrying on even when stuff isn't going the way one wants. It is about taking aboard the lessons one learns from making mistakes to create things that work. Sometimes of course perfection occurs naturally, however more often it comes about from the experience of going the 'wrong' way! And sometimes, the wrong way has its own benefits. :) Nothing in my experience, goes to waste. We are all constant learners, no matter how old, how professional, how 'mastered' we become in any endeavor. And that is the joy of living.

I am a work in progress! :D


  1. This is where I fall down... I have VERY little patience and if I can't do something straight away, I tend to get very frustrated and give up... Something I'm trying to overcome on this journey!

    Thanks for sharing the link - will check it out a little later. :o)

  2. Was it Malcolm Gladwell that said it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something???

  3. Gosh, I don't know, Rae, but thanks for pointing him out to me - his books sound interesting.

    Patsy - I'm forever giving up on stuff due to frustration too. But sometimes when I come back to it with a different approach I find it is much easier to do/deal with. And sometimes I have fun working out how to streamline it so I'm less bothered about it!

  4. Thanks so much for your encouraging comment.

    All of life is a progression of learning and re-learning. and if we still didn't get it, we get to do it again.
    But sometimes... a little burst of light breaks through and we do the happy dance and realize that all of that effort is so worthwhile.