I felt my energy revive, and said to myself, In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing. From that moment everything has seemed transformed for me. (Vincent Van Gogh to Theo)
The TIMEOUT FOR ART posts started in May, and Mary of Pastels by Mary climbed aboard and pledged to devote thirty minutes to drawing each week. (See Thursdays will be for Drawings) Here’s what she said back in May, “…Oh boy – I’m not sure what I got myself into, but I’ve joined in with Z of Playamart to draw for 30 minutes each Thursday. I haven’t been drawing lately and decided it’s a good way to polish my drawing skills and discipline myself to pay attention and concentrate on my subjects – drawing always had a way of doing that for me. …”
What impressed me with Mary’s weekly Timeout for Art posts was that she disciplined herself to STOP after half an hour of drawing, and she set aside the work until the next week.
Having the discipline to stop a work of art when it’s going well is like taking one bite of pizza and saying, ‘That’s enough!’ Having the discipline to resume a week later is like getting motivated to run after eating an entire pizza!
Week after week, Mary devoted half an hour (or slightly more) on her pencil study of a retired racehorse named Pacific Reach. During Week 8, Mary shared the sad news that Pacific Reach had died. How sobering is that? See: Gentle Compassion #7.
The following images show the evolution of Mary’s drawing, “Gentle Compassion.”
Great patience is called for on the hard path that I have entered on. Edgar Degas
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. Soren Kierkegaard
Patience is the art of concealing your impatience. Guy Kawasaki
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. Arnold H. Glasow
Talent is long patience. Gustave Flaubert
A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else. George Savile
What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. Winslow Homer
Whoever submits himself to a super-discipline can expect great triumphs.
― Samael Aun Weor
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success. Elbert Hubbard
Genius is eternal patience. –Michelangelo
Mary shared a rough sketch with her first post, and she confessed, “I expect this will take me weeks, if not months to draw, if only working on it 30 minutes once/week – so over time you’ll get to see my progress and if you have patience with me hopefully the end result will be well worth the time.”
I think that she did well, don’t you? If so, please visit her site and give her a thumbs up!
Here’s her first post: http://oilpastelsbymary.com/2013/05/30/thursday-drawing-horse-gentle-compassion-week-1/
Thanks, Mary, for teaching us through example about discipline and patience! Well done! For those of you pondering, “Should I take a timeout for art, see the post that kicked off the series: Timeout for Art YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
(This was set to “Publish on: Aug 21, 2013 @ 22:04” – however, the gates did’t let the horse out of the stable! Glad I awakened to peer at the moon!) Have a great day, everyone!)