I’ve been reading John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted”. Many things in this book have resonated with me. Most recently the chapter, A Life of Endurance, as he discusses perseverance.
“Any truly meaningful human accomplishment will require perseverance”
Isn’t this the simplest, most concise statement that conveys such a powerful message?
I started my journey in metalsmithing as a mature adult, not someone in their teens who went off to get a degree in fine arts or other related metal work curricula. Yet, my passion with this art form, to quote Steve Martin, is “To become so good they can’t ignore you”. Perseverance is one of the key elements in making that happen.
For the past month, I have had obligations requiring that I spend time away from my studio. Now it is time that I can return and I truly thirst for the positive energy I find in my creative space. I have so many new ideas, preparations for upcoming events and demands for new work at locations where I am represented. I find joy in all of that.
Here’s a sample of some of the things I’m currently doing.
Treescape earrings – progression shots
Designs for a new series…Celestial
More Treescapes in fabrication
Flush set emerald – Treescape pendant
The driving force for me is perseverance to become better each day at this craft that I love. It requires practice, determination and desire. As I return to the bench, this is my focus.
Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.