Dark Spirit 1, mixed media on canvas, 24”x18”, Copyright 2015 David Limrite
“The more you fail, the more you succeed. It is only when everything is lost and - instead of giving up - you go on, that you experience the momentary prospect of some slight progress. Suddenly you have the feeling - be it an illusion or not - that something new has opened up.”
Are you just involved in your work or are you involved and committed?
Of course, I would like for you to be both. In fact, I would love it if you were insanely committed.
I am talking about things like work habits, establishing a regular painting schedule and sticking to it, thinking about your current painting all the time - even when you are not working on it, leaving the studio begrudgingly because you have to attend to real life things, looking forward with anticipation to getting out into the studio at every opportunity, loving the process even when things are not going well, not allowing distractions to prevent you from working, making every effort to manage self-doubts and fear, and immersing yourself in every aspect of your creativity.
It’s not about going through the motions of merely just pushing a pencil or paintbrush around. It’s about passion, excitement, love, energy, involvement and commitment for your ideas, your materials, the process, and learning.