Pearls from artists* # 256
* an ongoing series of quotations – mostly from artists, to artists – that offers wisdom, inspiration, and advice for the sometimes lonely road we are on.
I saw what skill was needed, and persistence – how one must bend one’s spine, like a hoop, over the page – the long labor. I saw the difference between doing nothing, or doing a little, and the redemptive act of true effort. Reading, then writing, then desiring to write well, shaped in me the most joyful of circumstances – a passion for work.
Mary Oliver in Upstream: Selected Essays
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Posted on July 12, 2017, in An Artist's Life, Creative Process, Inspiration, Pearls from Artists, Quotes, Working methods and tagged "a passion for work", "Offering", "Upstream: Selected Essays", effort, labor, Mary Oliver, pastel, persistence, sandpaper, skill. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.