Mediocrity - the Word of the Week

It's the word that strikes fear in an artist's heart, isn't it? What if I'm just so-so? What if I'm only half-way there? I don't know many people that set out to climb half a mountain as their ultimate goal. But not many people can climb a mountain the first try, either. You have to train to get to the top of a mountain.

Really, we're all bound as artists to make some works that get half way there. I was talking (okay, typing in a group) about all the paintings that Rembrandt might have thrown away. Or what about the chunks of marble that Michelangelo heaved into the reject pile? Do we really imagine that these great artists didn't have some mediocre works? Every work along the way teaches you something that will someday contribute to that work that you will see as your "great work".

She says, muttering, as she goes back to the "Creation Zone".

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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