Feeling a little off today,
so no words of wisdom.
Here's what i painted this morning.
(acrylic and charcoal on watercolor paper)
There's a quote by Picasso that i love:
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
So this morning,
i felt like connecting to the artist i may have been
as a child.
It's a real challenge for me to let go of control
and paint from a place of innocence
rather than judgement.
I do like her...
...and her red shoes. :-)
I may have shared this with you already,
but i'm doing it again.
I read these words often,
by Rainer Maria Rilke
the genius poet.
His words comfort me
in times of doubt,
more than any other words ever do.
Your work needs to be independent of others' work.
You must not compare yourself to others.
No one can help you. You have to help yourself.
Criticism leads to misunderstandings and defeatism.
Work from necessity and your compulsion to do it.
Work on what you know and what you are sure you love.
Don't observe yourself too closely, just let it happen.
Don't let yourself be controlled by too much irony.
Live in and love the activity of your work.
Be free of thoughts of sin, guilt and misgiving.
Be touched by the beautiful anxiety of life.
Be patient with the unresolved in your heart.
Try to be in love with the questions themselves.
Love your solitude and try to sing with its pain.
Be gentle to all of those who stay behind.
Your inner self is worth your entire concentration.
Allow your art to make extraordinary demands on you.
Bear your sadness with greater trust than your joy.
Do not persecute yourself with how things are going.
It's good to be solitary, because solitude is difficult.
It's good to love, because love is difficult.
You are not a prisoner of anything or anyone.
- Rainer Maria Rilke