To be honest I think only a fraction of what I make is any good and then if I look at it too long I may just paint right over it and start again. Until now I let self doubt stop me every single time. I could not see a way forward.
This past year has taught me what it means to get up every morning, push back fear and keep moving forward. I don't know how I feel about sharing more about that experience just yet. I think I'll leave it for a later time. But it changed me, as life will tend to do. I have a new attitude about what it means to persevere.
Basically, it's all work and it is either work for someone else or work for yourself. I chose now to do some hard work for myself.
I love to read and often I find the right words to motivate have already been written, but you have to be ready to accept the message when it comes to you.
Now to be clear. I have always hated art that had quotes on it. I mean, I want to look at something and decide what I take from it, not have it spoon fed to me like an idiot.
BUT I think that if certain words sing out so clearly the message you need to see everyday then you must find a way to celebrate that. I didn't even know who Bukowski was until I started searching for existential inspiration one day. This quote I just had to save.
This is an original watercolor that I quickly photographed with my phone and added the quote with the Beautiful Mess app. I've since done a larger canvas with this same pattern in acrylics. I'll get the quote applied to it eventually. I may never hang it unless one day I have a full dedicated studio.
Somehow just making this picture helps to cement those words.
To me it says, Keep Pressing Forward.