Sunday, February 14, 2010

inspiration monday



although i'm not the least bit athletic, i sure do love to watch sports.....and right now, i'm especially loving the winter olympics! i can't think of anything more exciting than watching apolo anton ohno and his trademark goatee speed skate himself to victory on the short track! apolo wears red, white and blue proud, and it's his amazing dedication to achieving everything possible in his sport that inspires me the most.
but this type of passion doesn't happen only at the olympics, i see it everywhere in blogland, too.....artists nurturing their creative spirits, whether it's painting portraits over and over, creating page after page of collage work, taking online classes to further their skills, sewing stitch after stitch with needle and thread until it's just right, etc.
perfecting our skills takes some sweat, and sometimes a few tears. and while our artwork most likely won't earn us an olympic medal, our prize is just as rewarding.....a journal filled with creative masterpieces, a canvas painted to perfection, or a finished needlework sampler is definitely worth its weight in gold, silver and bronze, wouldn't you say?

journal page finished using a pitt XS pen, watercolor pencils, 6B pencil


18 comments:

Lauren Maurer said...

Well said, as always! Thanks for the Monday mid-morning pick-me-up! Hugs!

Patty S said...

especially to our future generations!
great perspective for your inspirational monday thought!
hugs, patty :-)

K said...

Lauren used the right word, your posts work as pick-me-ups for me as well.

Sara said...

Ah yes...Apollo is so exciting to watch! I just love the olympics..and your adorable little doodle complete with goatee :) have a gret week, lori!

Ludid said...

absolutely. and you certainly deserve a gold medal :-)

Gina Lee Kim said...

Yes...We need to pursue what we're gifted with to the fullest!

wyanne said...

What a great post. Very well said and something we should all remember. Thanks so much.

chrissy said...

wonderful.
you are a gem.
thanks for being so open and honest.
and giving
while i'm at it.
it.s always fun to see what you.ve been drawing.
thanks so much for your sweet comments on my heart adventure. it was a joy to do.
c

Jancalligrapher said...

Yes, I completely agree. Giving passion to the things we love is essential. Thanks for sharing the cute drawing representing Ohno!!

LadyCat said...

Very clever "Ohno" design. He is fun to watch. Did you see him when he was on "Dancing with the stars"?
: )

Veronica said...

absolutely!

Lisa Holtzman said...

Always striving to improve and doing our best is very admirable and inspirational. LOVE your Ohno doodle. You are SO cute!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Now you're the one with the sugar dusted pom poms! What great thoughts to start the week with Sweetie Pie! I like your pep talks! ...and your sweet drawing too... love how you made that twisty border! Many hugs always, xoxo Paulette

Creative Potential said...

oh, so well put. It is the process that brings me joy.

And it was amazing watching Apolo go from last to first around one corner!!

Renee Troy said...

Love the OhNo...Love the Olympics...Love the post. We all deserve a metal for trying. We are the special, extraordinary olympics. A gold to you.
xxoo

Staci Danford said...

What a great post.. I'm gonna consider myself working toward a metal from now on.. Just love that idea and the motivation it brings..
Staci

Claire M said...

Very clever! and encouraging to keep on sketching and painting! Thanks for the inspiration.

Jane Farr said...

You are so right Lori, and your blog is Gold Medal Inspiration. Love your OHNO lettering & illustration!!!

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