Monday, January 26, 2015

the only rule

I am suddenly the busiest I've ever been with portrait commissions, which is of course both exhilarating and terrifying. 

I feel like the girl in the story of Rumpelstiltskin, I explained to Jason: I have told people that I can spin straw into gold, and now I have to find a way to actually do that. 

So I distracted myself by doing a quick study of him, instead.

Infuriatingly, when I don't pressure myself to produce something amazing and perfect, I get the very quality of fresh brushwork and bold colors that I'm after when I want the thing to be amazing and perfect. 

Forget the straw, forget the gold; the only rule is work.


1 comment:

Janet Zahn said...

Love it, Robin!

I don't know whether you're familiar with the Book of Five Rings by Musashi, but your post made me think of the 9 principles of being a warrior. And especially the 2nd one: The way is in training.

Here is a link to a list of the principles (since the real battle is with ourselves):