5 Quotes To Inspire An Artist’s New Year

By January 2, 2016 January 12th, 2017 Art
Siobhan Bedford Artist Studio

Happy New Year!

I hope it’s bursting with health and over flowing with prosperity. I wish you color and beauty in 2016!

I rang in the year with “The Stomach Bug!”

So, I haven’t been doing much art making other than to leave an impression of the bug in my sketch pad. At the moment, I’m tucked in bed sifting through notes trying to get inspired for the New Year.

I don’t do resolutions.

Those sweeping changes that will take my art and life to a new level always seem exhilarating. I kind of like goal setting so you would think I would be happy to resolve with the best of them. Nope. Winter is too cold and its muted gray atmosphere lulls me into a quiet place, that doesn’t want to be disturbed by the enthusiastic energy that is required for game changers like resolutions.

The Stomach Bug

I’ll wait till summer.

By then, everything including myself will be filled up with sunshine. I’ll feel like I’m breathing in beautiful colors again and all things will seem possible, the perfect conditions to make resolutions that might have a chance of making a difference.

Till then, I’ll share with you 5 quotes that keep me inspired in some way as an artist.

Quotes To Inspire An Artist’s New Year!

#1 “Things take the time they take. Don’t Worry.” –Mary Oliver

Sometimes, on days when every brush stroke seems to drag over the canvas I feel worry creep its way across the floor. It will crawl right up into my ear and begin to whisper… “Oh this is taking too long” or “I’m wasting so much time on something only a few eyes will ever gaze long enough to see”

Art making takes time, a lot of time. It is the only way to get where the painting is going so you can never rush it. Worrying is a waste.  This little quote… is big on truth.

#2 “Don’t break character

You’ve got sooooo much heart

Is this real or just a dream?

Oh Rise up like the sun

And labor till the work is done

Rise up like the sun

Labor till the work is” – The Killers

This is a lyric from “The Killers” song Be Still.  The Killers are my absolute favorite band to listen to while painting. It is emotional pop music that keeps my mind busy so my intuition can just play. The Energetic beats and lyrics get my heart pumping and make me feel like never giving up… no matter what.

There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into being an artist. It takes a certain kind of crazy to keep working even when most of the time, no one really notices. It can leave you feeling like its just a dream that is forever waiting to happen. I know it’s a corny thought that if the sun keeps going and so must I. So, I guess I’m corny.

#3 “Who knows what painting is? Do you know what it is? I do not know what it is. It is a mystery, and the only way to find out is by doing it. – Esteban Vicente

I should be an expert on my paintings after all I make them. I’m not. Every painting, that I feel is really worthwhile, has something reflecting back at me that I don’t understand. It feels like a pulling sensation hidden under my ribs. It pushes me to keep painting.

That is how I know I’m really onto something.

#4 “Money is like manure. It doesn’t do any good if you don’t spread it around” – some boy’s dad

I heard this quote from a boy, it was so long ago I can’t remember his name. He jumped in the seat next to me on the bus then gave me his financial advice. It’s the kind of thing I’ll always remember. Partly, because I still have no idea why this boy thought this bit of wisdom would be a good conversation starter and partly because it’s true.

I’ve been in debt in the past and an abundance mind set doesn’t come easy to me. It helps to remember this advice when I’m dealing with the business side of my art and encouraging it to grow. It’s an investment to order expensive art supplies and put dollars behind marketing efforts.

When I feel like I’m slipping on the sharp edge of the cliff that starving artists dive from… it is good to remember quote #1!

#5 “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl

The best quote for last. I’m always stunned by the words of Viktor Frankl, a holocaust surviver who has gifted the world with wisdom he carved in the cold and dark places that tried to shatter souls.

It would be untrue for me to tell you I don’t care about success because I do. I also want to forget about it.

Don’t aim at success. Listen to your conscience. Dedicate yourself. In the long-run success will follow.

I can’t imagine a more meaningful thought to inspire and guide my art this year than his words.

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