Part of a ridiculous conversation (in retrospect) that Page went along with for my benefit:
"I can't paint that well compared to a lot of people..."
"Then you should quit."
"Yeah you should probably quit now."
"......Oooh I get it. You mean I only have two options: quit painting or try painting."
[Disclaimer: this sort of cut and dry decision-making isn't necessarily effective for all personality types]
Thank God for a decisive man. If I can't quit, then I will paint. No more occasional dabbling which only causes frustration because I don't improve.
In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. [Proverbs 14:23]
I did my first art show submission! Similar to the job application process, you don't get accepted to most, but my excitement is in starting this submission process (even though it would be great to be accepted of course). I thought of submitting a new piece and sat down to paint it. But I had to do it in two sittings to let the first layer dry, so I ended up only submitting older pieces. (click to see: wall paintings and drawings from Italy) The new one is a painting of mossy steps from a photo I took in Orvieto, Italy.
What if I try my hardest, make tons of paintings, try to sell them, and then "fail"? I don't know... But what if I succeed?
I haven't made a firm decision on post-graduate school plans since I'm still trying to finish up. I'm still looking into other jobs. But I've rearranged my studio space (again), this time for easy access to painting materials instead of research books.
My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. [Psalm 62:5-12]
Decision-making times like these make it more obvious that I ALWAYS need to rest in my loving, faithful Creator who gives me every breath, and is guiding my steps.
I have a lifelong goal for what I want to paint, but here's a start in that direction: Make a series of 10.
10 locations in/around Nagasaki.
- Urakami Cathedral and ruins (see previous entry)
- Xavier's Cathedral
- Church and temple scene
- Hara Castle and Amakusa Shiro statue
- Unzen hot springs : torture/martyrdom site
- Rusted gate
- Oura Church
- Covered bamboo bench
- Man with pigeons
- Megane bridge
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." ~Michelangelo