If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
A few weeks back one of my best friends; Daniel Ionson: http://www.facebook.com/daniel.ionson shared with me an audio book titled: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. My friend is a good writer trying to chisel his way into the novel market. Danny and I have similar tastes and he has a great eye for books. Anyways, he told me this Pressfield book hits it on the head, so I said sure send it my way. [Steven, if you ever read this, I promised myself to buy a real copy of your book.]
Anyways after a few weeks of procrastination, I uploaded it to iTunes and started it just the other day while painting Ionson’s novel cover. It only took about 30 seconds to realize this book was for me. The forward by Robert McKee left me wondering where the hell was Pressfield the day I needed his words the most: when I decided to enlist instead of exploring art school with any real conviction.
As I listened the prose carried into my soul like one of Caesars speeches to his legionnaires. Chapter one hit me like a laser guided bullet. The words were as right as rain. I wasn’t just listening and painting, I was soaking Pressfield in like a dry sponge does water. I will admit I’m only about 25 minutes into the audio book but I feel like I’m better informed and educated to fight the battles ahead that will assure me art success. If you follow my blog and are too wondering what it is I’m exactly talking about with this Pressfield book, simply open another browser window, and paste this link in:
You will thank me later.
So what I have decided after taking in just a piece of Pressfied’s The War of Art, is to find an artist retreat somewhere, off the grid with NO internet, NO cell, NO TV! Nothing but my paints and paper. I’m going to find out what I’m capable of as a full time painter. Call it an extreme artist makeover. I’m hoping to find a scenic quiet place with a great view away from the world. That is my self motivational kickoff to turning a new leaf.
Any location suggestions with vacancy maybe late next spring or early summer?