Sometimes all we need is a little glimmer of hope to push us to that next level. Hope that there will be a better tomorrow, because if we can remain hopeful, then our future can remain boundless.
When I created this piece, I was at one of my lowest points of my life, creatively speaking. I felt defeated and I was beyond exhausted. This was back in 2019. If only I knew what was ahead, I probably would have embraced that moment and basked in my "problems,"
my pre-pandemic problems.
"Chasing after your dreams is going to be hard. Period. You will undoubtedly encounter this feeling of hopelessness many times over. But you must stay strong and persevere."
But that's just it isn't it? We don't need the world to be crumbling around us to feel this sense of defeat, to feel like all hope is lost. We just need one failure, one day of frustration, that last empty tube of paint we desperately needed to send us spiraling. I have been there time and time again and I would challenge any artist who says otherwise. I consider it an essential part of the overall "artist process."
This led me to one of my biggest life lessons I have learned throughout my art career, and that is this; things are going to go wrong. Not just once or twice...a lot. Your painting and that drawing is not always going to turn out the way you planned. You are going to fail. And then you are going to fail again. You will be defeated. You will reach the top of your rope, sun shining, birds buzzing and something unexpected will sending you back down to the end of your rope. Because the truth is, chasing after your dreams is going to be hard. Period. You will undoubtedly encounter this feeling of hopelessness many times over. But you must stay strong and persevere. There is a brighter day ahead.
So do you want to know a little SECRET? There is a knot at the end of your rope. When you find yourself sliding back down, you have two choices; you can either let the knot bump you right off your rope OR you can plant your feet, take a breathe, look up...AND KEEP GOING.