Saturday, September 15, 2012

the difference between dreams that come true, and dreams that don't

A lie can travel half way around the world
while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Charles Spurgeon

It's always so much fun for me to go into my little blue room,
light a candle, put on some music, and paint.

love the name of this one - Tutti Fruitti... yeah.

I'm not the greatest at making marks when i begin a painting.

Mine are usually shapes rather than marks. :-)

a few added red squares and lines of text from a magazine.
I liked the dark blue color...

a bit of black Sharpie marker...

and a bit of white pen and paint.

So much fun to do...

and just for you. :-)

And then something simple and quick in my lovely little yellow book...

with colored pencils.

A gentle little reminder for all of us...

Thank you ALL for your kind words concerning my book.

(and Jez... thank you in particular for all those wonderfully detailed steps!!)

I've often wondered what makes one person's dreams become reality,
while the next person seems stuck in the mud and fails to realize them.

Wanna know what i believe the difference is?

Hard work.

That's it. 

We may think it has to do with money,
or time
or opportunity
or talent
or circumstance
or education...

all of these things may help,
but I believe it has most to do
with a willingness to do the work involved.

J.K. Rowling became a supposed overnight success with the Harry Potter books,
but in reality, it was anything but overnight.

She sat for years in a small café near her home
where she could hardly afford a tea...
and she wrote, and wrote, and wrote.

And we all know what happens when you continue doing something,
day in and day out.... 
you get better at it.

I don't want to say practice makes perfect,
because i don't believe in perfection.

But practice definitely makes "humongous-ly better". ;-)

So yeah, here I am with my little idea for a book,
and i am finally beginning to understand that this is so possible.

They say that if you put things out to the universe,
it gets the ball rolling.

Things start to happen.

I have a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson in my face that i read every day -

Once you make a decision,
the universe conspires to make it happen.

True, yes?

The quote should perhaps be this:

Once you make a decision,
the universe conspires to make it happen -
and then you have to show up for the actual work to be done.

Wishing you all the kind of Saturday you love...

I'm off to do some sketching and take notes for the book... :-)


  1. I think 'showing up' will not be a difficulty for doing stuff we love. :)

  2. Tutti Frutti and African Violet .... now that are colours I would love to use! It's wonderful to see your in progress pics! And I think you're right: succes doesn't happen overnight, a lot of hard work is involved. A lot!

  3. lovely abstracts and beautiful quotes

  4. Tenacity, believing in yourself, and setting boundaries so Nothing sabotages you!!!

    Successful people seem to afford themselves the time. It can seem selfish but it's not...think of it as self preservation!!

    I agree people who put in the daily drudgery are the ones who succeed, sometimes even over talent!! So with a talent like yours you should soar!!

    Remember one page a day can be thirty pages a month!! One day at a time! You go girl!!

    Love how your art starts out as nothing much and becomes amazing!!!
    I'm a fan!!!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. Gorgeous post..full of creative energy, vibrancy and spirit..what i love about you and your pieces..and your words of wisdom shine brightly always! Wonderfully inspiring!

  6. I love the way you start an abstract and then it just keeps growing and changing into a fantastic piece of art.
    And the combination of your artwork and writing makes me always look forward to your next post.

  7. Love your step-by-step photos. Great quote from Lao Tzu. Have fun with your playing and especially with your book!! :)

  8. Wonderful artwork and post, Pauline!
    I am a big believer in hard work, too!
    LOVE the quote from your creativity book also!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  9. Thank you for sharing your terrific vibrant works. Happy PPF, Annette x

  10. so lovely to find + "meet" you! your art + words are lovely + it was so fun to scroll down the art of famous people as well (i espec. liked leonard cohens!). happy saturday + beingxox

  11. Easy to show up and use paints with names like that... tutti frutti would need to be used every day just for the name alone... love how the page turned out as well... the white against the colours is so effective...xx

  12. Wow, you are very gutsy and very creative. Wonderful.

  13. Beautiful post Pauline... love your fun and vibrant pages... and fabulous addition to Emerson's quote... how true that is...

    Jenny x

  14. Love it! The art, the quotes, the book, the courage! You go girl!!
    Can hardly wait to come see you on your book tour. And some day you can come see me on mine (Once I get around to that "work" you speak of, lol)!!

  15. Hello Pauline, thanks so much for your comments at dreamcolour, so great to receive your kind words! I really love seeing the evolution in your pieces, the white markings and all the bits that finally put your whole piece together, great! Yep we all have to do our bit, I agree, practice and perseverance are the key ingredients. You are such a creative soul Pauline, continue as you do, I love visiting you here and catching up with all your art. Take care and all the best for this new week ahead. xx

  16. Wow...Pauline, this is such a delightful and fun piece of art. Love it! .. :)

  17. Thanks for your comments at And a Bowl of Oranges Too!! You know it's a line from Joni
    Mitchell's Cheasea Moring, right? ;-)

  18. karmacoy: * woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that i heeeeeard * ;-) Long live Joni. xox

  19. Love this painting, it's so very joyful. Reminds me of a book I had when I was a kid...can't remember anything about it other than squiggly lines and bright colors, and thinking it was the greatest thing ever.

  20. Great post! It was a pleasure to read and your art is delightful! Thanks for sharing!

  21. So true... I love your art and really enjoyed seeing the stages of it.


  22. A book? Apparently I've missed a lot in your world in the three weeks I've been gone! I KNOW you can do it... you have to stop putting yourself down, woman! "...I don't make the best marks when I start out" (or something similar) Embrace your style, Pauline. That's a fabulous page. OK. Sermon over! LOL Hugs!

  23. Brilliant and it ...quotes and abstractness of this piece are incredible...This post was are so right bout everything...Thanks for sharing