Saturday, 8 March 2008

Never give up!

A Painting for my Unborn Son 2m x 1.5m
The Governess) - a work in progress

It's important as an artist to pursue your own personal style no matter the flak or criticism you receive along the way. You might think that having plenty of detractors out there means you're no good, but keep going, hone your style to perfection and you will eventually find plenty who love your work! It is good to remind yourself along the way that those who have found success in their creative ventures have done so by sheer doggedness and conviction - a strong belief in themselves and their work. At the end of the day, art is an expression of self - your soul, your self.

Here are some inspiring thoughts from some of the world's most successful creators:

Donald Trump - "Be tenacious. You won't get very far otherwise. You also have to be tough. Tough is what you are when you refuse to give in or give up. You have to fight the good fight. Very few things of worth are easy achievements. That's just the way it works."

JK Rowling - "...Determined to perfect her story, Rowling turned ideas around over and over, analyzing each angle until she was satisfied it was the direction she wanted to take. She continued conjuring and scribbling down ideas for years thereafter. It took eight years [and many rejection slips] from the time of her fateful train ride for the first book in her series to get published." (2004 Investor's Business Daily, Inc. Byline: JONAH KERI )

Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance Man - "Faith in oneself is the best and safest course."

Thomas Elva Edison - "Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Oliver Goldsmith - "Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall."

Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss Poet, Novelist and Painter - "Faith and doubt go hand in hand, they are complementaries. One who never doubts will never truly believe."

...and when all else fails, remember the truest and greatest success of all?

Ralph Waldo Emerson - "Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"

Additional Reference:

Finally, if you are feeling a little dejected about your progress, why not read some of these inspiring articles:

Natasha Wescoat - an Online Artist Success Story - listen to or read her amazing story.

Seek solace from:
Banquet for the starving artist

and inspiration from:
Ten Road Blocks to Creative Success -


thealteredpage said...

Wonderful start to the painting. I look forward to seeing it completed. And thanks for all the inspiring quotes!

Art Inspiration 4 Today said...

Yes, that painting is what's keeping me sane and focused during these last few, uncomfortable, weeks of pregnancy! Hopefully I'll have it finished before he arrives! Re: the quotes - fabulous aren't they! Testament to the perserverance of these exceptional people.

MadSilence said...

The ultimate creative act: bringing new life into the world. What a delightful painting, and large...I like the trees and the fairy creature.

Best wishes from MadSilence.

“A painting should be a lovable thing, gay and pretty; yes, pretty. There are enough things to bore us in life without our making more of them.”
-Renoir, talking about his painting, A Girl with a Watering Can

Art Inspiration 4 Today said...

Yes...thanks madsilence, I guess that is the ultimate creative act! Love the Renoir quote! Brilliant! Not only can art fast become boring when artists assume the dictates of fashion but it also becomes (what I can only describe in eloquent terms as) bullshit! Truly, when you pander to a trend you have no integrity left.

MadSilence said...

It is my belief that Renoir spoke of the artist's responsibility to embody substance, beauty, meaning, and inspiration. There's enough mediocre art out there already.

Are you familiar with the American sculptor Frederick Hart (

"If Art is to flourish in the 21st century, it must renew its moral authority by rededicating itself to life. It must be an enriching, ennobling, and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization." Fredrick Hart

I rank Hart with Saint-Gaudens and French as the greatest of American sculptors.


Art Inspiration 4 Today said...

Thanks once again madsilence!

L.M.Noonan said...

Hello Governess and thankyou for your visit and comment. Also thanks for the link in your blogroll. I hope to start posting again soon--a mental derailment; and I shall add you to my blogroll.

Pherenike said...

thanks i needed those quotes. Bookmarking you.

The Governess said...

Thanks all for your lovely comments, hope you've all been inspired to go and create and to never give up!