Friday, February 26, 2010

Creativity: Work through the Pain

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ~ Calvin Coolidge 

Sometimes, I hit a brick wall. I've been producing items for my shop and home every day this month and it has been awesome to stay so dedicated. But, yesterday, I was feeling really down about a difficult situation that I have to deal with in my personal life. I was feeling so down, I didn't want to sew or crochet or write my blog. Those all seemed like silly, cotton-candy things in a world full of problems. I just wanted to lie down. 


Instead of giving in to this urge, I decided to start painting some new fabric for my new shop: Modern Queen Vicky (Victorian inspired hand-painted fabrics with a modern twist.) Drawing the pattern, mixing the colors, putting the brush to the fabric: all of these things were healing and nurturing to my soul. Here's the project I started:



And, as I worked, I hummed and sang a song that I learned in The Spirituals Project choir: "Keep on travellin' soldier. Keep your hand on the plow. Keep on travellin' soldier, don't you give up, not right now!"

And, as the title of this blog post suggests, I worked through the pain :), like these fine ladies do: 


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

girrrrl! i didn't know you were a leslie hall fan! i discovered her like 3 years ago and i love her midwestern quasi-rappiness! ;)

i enjoyed your blog, as well. working through the pain. it's hard, for sure. i can easily relate. but keep doing what you're doing! it makes people happy and puts smiles on their faces!

love you!

~ness~

Libby on February 26, 2010 at 2:22 PM said...

Yeah, sometimes we just get tired and we don't want to do anything. But, like you said, we have to work through the pain. Not to do so is easier, but if we don't, it just makes it harder in the long run. You know? I like your honesty for it reminds us all that we're not alone. We all have "stuff", but we just have to keep pushing and believing that our efforts are not in vain. :-)

Your artwork is amazing!!! (And, there's a little surprise for you on my blog.)

Kaati Rocketts on February 27, 2010 at 7:57 AM said...

Thanks, ladies.

@Ness Glad you like the silly, Midwestern lady. And send me your addy (again!) so I can send you that tissue box!

@Libby You are awesome as always! Thanks for the blog post and the kind words.

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