Wednesday, March 21, 2012

When the 'why' gets stronger, the 'how' gets easier

A couple of weeks ago I got together with a group of local artist who are at various stages of their career to talk about marketing and growing as Artists.  Meetings like this can do a couple you realize you are doing pretty well, shock you when you realize "you're doing it wrong!" or just get you hopped up on caffeine and cookies.

Luckily, this was a good meeting.  Met a few new artists, got a couple good ideas, and came away with a new favorite quote:

"When the 'why' gets stronger, the 'how' gets easier"

(I don't know the source, and the closest phrase I could find on the web was "when the want gets stronger, the how gets easier", which is also a great way of putting it!)

So how can this phrase come into my every day life...

When faced with a painting, I will often find myself at a point where I can't figure out what to do next, how to fix it, etc.  If I can look at my work, and figure out WHY it isn't working, knowing HOW to fix it becomes much clearer (easier!).

If I am debating whether or not to keep my studio space, I list in my head WHY I want to keep it...
1.  I love the Wednesday night figure drawing group.  The time to draw from the live model with my fellow artists is like a weekly Church meeting.
2.  I can paint with Oils in the space.  I don't have the ventilation at home to do so.
3.  I am not thinking about laundry, or dishes, or vacuuming while I am painting in the studio.  This is my time to work, and only work.
4.  I am a better Mom when I have the balance between home and the studio.  And I think it's good for my kids to see that I have a job, and a place to work, outside the house.

and the HOW to keep it becomes a lot easier, every time I go through that list.  I have to
1. Create work to sell
2.  Keep the Wednesday evenings active and successful
3.  Teach !

The strength and resolve to keep the studio is stronger as I list my wants and why's.

And there is so much going on outside the studio, too.  Jack is still having issues at school, and I have to keep focusing on the WANT for him to succeed: and then, the HOW will get easier.  That seems really simplified, and it's definitely not the entire story...but when the Assistant Principal gets to a point where she says to you "How miserable can you make your son at home?", as punishment for something he did at school, your desire - WANT- for him to kick a$$ at school and show them how bright and capable he is becomes a LOT STRONGER and you better be sure that I am going to figure out HOW help Jack do it.

Motivation.  Work on making your WHY/WANT stronger, and the HOW will get easier.


Kelly said...

Love this post!! I really needed to read this today. Thank you! And as a mother of a tiresome 3 yr old, good luck with Jack at school.

Krystyna81 said...

Hi Kelly, Thank you! It always helps to hear that we are not going through things alone :)