Do your thing

“Olé to you none the less for just having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t be afraid, don’t be daunted, just do your job

Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s easy to begin to lose our minds in today’s situation. Not since WW2 have things been so drastic. It is true the situation is of course very serious, many have died and many more will also get sick and die without the basic rights and treatments they thought they would be afforded.

The media is essential in communicating what we must know and what is expected of us. However, it also contributes to the maelstrom of negative news and painful images we are exposed to on a daily basis. It can be hard to find motivation let alone inspiration,

I, like many around the globe, have lost their business and income. By Friday 13th of March I had lost 30% of my clients, by midday on Monday they had all gone. All cancelled. Some projects were 4 months in the making – cancelled in a couple of sentences in an email. Many of my customers have generously given me some cash, my property manager has just organised a rent reduction for me, my power company has requested government support to cover my utilities bill. And I do not get government support in Au. because I am a Kiwi. Despite this I feel very blessed and humbled by the kind efforts and donations of those around me.

Olé to you none the less for just having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up

Elizabeth Gilbert

Like many I have wondered what is it I am to do? What now? How can I practice my art? For me, process has always proceeded outcome. Although I am a professional artist now, after art school in London, I trained to be a chef. Whether I was running a kitchen in a high-end restaurant or painting a large public mural, preparation and process have always come first; believing that the outcome will take care of itself.

I don’t have a ‘plan B’. I have always been an artist – I don’t know if I ever really much of a choice. So back to process it is. I am an artist. I will paint my pictures and do my thing. This is my craft, my passion, and my choice.

Choose something, anything, then follow it with absolute passion.

Andrew Price

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