I go so busy creating art that I forgot about the Motivation Monday blog post!
Usually I do a quick bit of art then type up the blog post. Not yesterday. I spent hours on it. There were lots of little details and fiddly bits. Then I colored it in… which takes me forever with colored pencil.
Yesterday’s quote comes from Robert Green Ingersoll. Wikipedia says he was a lawyer, orator (talker,) teacher, and even a military vet from the civil war. His father was very religious, which made an impact on his views later in life. He was referred to as “the great agnostic.” I like this guy more with ever sentence I read about him! He sounds like a well rounded guy that loved to think and understand things. A great person to get a motivational quote from.
“A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition’s night, an inspiration and a prophesy.” Robert Green Ingersoll.
I had a hard time picking a quote. I wanted to honor September 11th in some way. That did not work out for me. Everything I saw was overly religious or very hateful to various groups of people. There were some funny sarcastic ones, but sarcasm is often lost in text. There was not a lot about the courage to rebuild or how people join together. That made me sad.
I settled on Mr. Ingersoll’s quote because it was a good medium between where I wanted to go and what was available.
You cannot always tell who is great when they are walking down the street. We all look pretty much the same when en-mass. Lots of people just trying to get from point a to point b efficiently and in a similar condition as we were when we started (unmolested physically, mentally, and spiritually.) I made my ‘great’ people a different color so the art would reflect the quote more.
What makes a ‘great’ person anyway? Are they more generous than most others? Are they better at a specific thing? Or maybe they are “good” at a bunch of little things? Is greatness a personality trait or a way of life? Can it be taught or is it innate?
There are lots of books out there on how to be a “better” you. Will a better you be great?
What do you think makes a great person? I am interested in knowing.
Two posts in one day!
Has the eclipse made me mad?
No. It has just been a busy day and I have a lot to share.
The quote I chose for today is from George Gordon Byron, better known as Lord Byron. A popular English poet and politician. I probably could have posted the quote without telling you the author and you probably would have guessed who it was from.
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.”
In summary, be someones happiness or good thing in the day. It will carry over to their tomorrow and make it better.
I do not want anyone to have a bad day because of me. I would much rather be the thing that made someones day good. There are enough people and life events that can make a day bad. You do not need to add it it.
Plus, you doing good makes your day better as well.
This image was inspired by the quote and the eclipse that happened today. I did not get to see it. I was stuck inside working on lots of things for my future as an artist. I can say that the way the shadows changed was quite disconcerting.
In addition to all the work stuff, my back was very painful today. I tried to stay sitting or laying. I have a full day tomorrow and I want to be as functional as I can be.
I have a bit of wall next to my workstation that I have other peoples art stuck to. It is nothing fancy. Everything is in plastic sleeves and taped to the wall.
Everything (but one) is something from another artist. I use this wall to… be motivated and inspired.
The most motivational ones come from Deadly Martha. She has cute, creepy, and inspirational art.
- A skeleton with sneakers “Today is the day.” You should always be ready to go.
- A little zombie girl eating brains because “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
- A devil bunny reminds me to “Be who you are” and
- A gas mask to remind me to breath.
There are some artists that I do not know or remember who or where I got the pictures/cards. The two birds “Don’t Worry” and “Leave it to Me” are two. I am not sure where “Caffine is Magic” came from, maybe my spouse… But it is very true.
I have some beautiful landscapes one from Christine Knopp (KikiDoodle) and a lovely scene of a woman reading on the side of a road (I cannot read the artists name.) I find both of these relaxing for different reasons. I like the fox and the warm colors and I identify with the waiting lady. I wait a lot, reading is good to pass the time.
The one with the hot air balloons, by R. Watts, was the FIRST art I bought. It was also my first convention purchase. I walked past it three or four times (I was broke) and finally bought a small one. It is wonderfully detailed and I wish I could have afforded a larger one.
Now for two of my favorite artists, ones I consider friends.
The one with the jack in the box was done by CD Poe. He has interesting lines, colors and subject matter. A man that loves his horror and coffee. I have more of his art around the house and never get tired of looking at it. He even has a coloring book “Color Bits” that I happily own and have worked on coloring.
The girl going Squee and the house were done by Robert Tritthardt. Truly a master of lines. I have a lot of his other non-comic related art all over the house. I read his comics, “Overcast with a Chance of Doom” AND “Writhe and Shine.” The house is from “Overcast” and is the home of Doomie (the girl Squee-ing) and her roomies. It is haunted. It is also full of details that are wonderful and you never really know what is going to happen.
I will be changing up the Wall of Inspiration shortly. I have had this set up for almost a year, it is time to change. I will be taking down the funky canvas (it was a drink and paint I did – I am not a fan of it) and putting up more of other peoples art. I have tons of it now and I want to display as much as I can.
PS The cute but creepy wood knot head was a gift. He has a brother, equally cute and creepy, who hangs in my bedroom. I like them so they hang where I can see them.
Five weeks of me actually doing a drawing every Monday. I am amazed at my follow through!
Today’s quote comes from Rabindranath Tagore, a writer from Bengal. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
In other words if you want to get across the sea, you need to find or make a boat so you can get across.
Some people seem to be really lucky. Boats just show up for them, like they were magically prebuilt for the person. They need a job, they get the first one they apply for. Even luckier are the ones that have new jobs drop into their laps before they even think about needing a new one. These people are rare, statistical outliers, and should not be used as a guide to building your boat.
The rest of us need to build our own boats. These metaphoric boats can be made from anything. Social Media, networking, vendor events, typing blogs, variety of arts, that 9-5 grind, school; whatever you do to make your dream a reality.
The best thing would be to build a boat with lots of different things.
I have a good presence on social media; a blog (two actually,) Patreon, Etsy (new!) Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter. I have Friends and Family. I have art. I have determination and conviction. I have past experiences and the ability to learn. I have gotten a part time job and my share of problems. All of these are building my boat.
I am not standing still waiting for a boat to come by. Any boat that comes for me is probably going to be someone else’s dream. I have been on that boat before and it did not do me any good.
It would be great to be able to re-purpose a “found” boat to reach my dream. Do a few repairs and sail away. It would probably save time. The only problem with that is you might end up making detours to take care of the other persons baggage. It could be worth it, it might not.
I think we are always working on our boats. We build them as we sail. We fix problems, make new friends, get new problems, learn new skills. All of these can be used to build better boats. If you get into a storm and your boat sinks, you can use your skills to build a new boat.
In the end, standing on the shore, watching the water, is tantamount to doing nothing. Nothing begets nothing. You will go no where, maybe get a sunburn and be food for the crabs.
Build a boat, do the thing.