Updated: Sep 19, 2018
Persistence is actually an essential ingredient for a creator of any stripe to have, and since we are actually all creators, then one must conclude that we all need this.
Sometimes when we struggle with a difficult area in a work, and we have rewritten or repainted it a dozen times, we say to ourselves, 'enough already!' And leave it at that.
However this may not be enough yet. Perhaps at this point it is best to turn it to the wall, put it in the 'naughty corner' for a while and come back with a fresh perspective. Why? Because you know what, that little niggling feeling, (doubt), is telling you, that you aren't done yet. You still need to have another go at it to get it right. You know I heard the other day that the man who invented the Dyson vacuum cleaner, James Dyson, had over 6000 attempts at it before he finally nailed the concept.
From the moment you pick up a pen or a paintbrush you will require the quality of
persistence and this also ties back to love. You must be gentle and forgiving of yourself
for making mistakes and not getting it right. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your art work be.
Persistence will also be required by the truck load when it comes to marketing your work. How comfortable are you with rejection? How many times will you be able to hear no and just keep on going, on to the next venue?
Persistence is required to keep on going when you are being pulled in 10 different
directions by your family commitments, friends, demands on your time, the school
committee and all those other things at eat away at our time.
What is persistence?
It is that ability to keep going back and doing something over, with incremental adjustments until it is right. Dictionary.com defines it as: "persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: "
How persistent would you rate yourself as being, on a scale of 1-10 - ten being great at it? If you feel you score low, what is one thing you might do today to pick up your game a little?.
NEXT WEEK: What don't you see that goes into an art work Part I?