Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Genius is eternal patience."

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Just over 500 years ago a sculptor was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel. And what a job he did! It was accomplished in 4 years.Thousands have been inspired by his work. All done while standing. Not on reclined on his back. (That was just depicted in the movies.) Michelangelo Buonarrotti left behind a legacy.  He said, "Genius is eternal patience."
Mike must have been a VERY patient man. Commission work is not for the faint of heart. As an artist, your opening yourself up to eternal whiners and unreasonable demands. I tend to say no thank you to commission work.

Even while writing this blog, I am thinking about the time lost that I could be in the studio painting. Do we have time to be a genius anymore? Can we get paid for patience? Times have changed. We live in a rushed world. But shouldn't we be creating our best work? So how do we get a grasp on the ever elusive patience? I  try to work through my frustrations by trying over and over again. Then I usually feel the blood rushing to my head and the emotions beginning to boil and I have to stop, breathe and get away from it. Here are some pointers. (If you have the patience to read it)

 Share your secrets. What do you do to remain calm in stressful situations?

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