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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reaching for success...


Anna Marie Robertson Moses, Grandma Moses, was born in 1860. She started painting at the age of 75, after baring 10 children, working in a farm all her life and after her fingers couldn't handle needlework any more...


"Bennington"

Before becoming famous, she sold her paintings for $2 and $3 at the local Woman's Exchange...Do you think she felt successful then?....

"Country Wedding"

...Or do you think she reached success when during the Gran Depression an art dealer decided to show her work in a New York Gallery?


"Beautiful World"

She had no formal training at all, and by her death in 1961 at the age of 101, she had generated over 1600 paintings. In 2006, her painting "Sugaring Off" sold for $1.2 million....pretty sweet success, right? ...
...However, when asked about her painting career, Grandma Moses said: "If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens"...It sounds like she didn't have "success" in mind when she started something new....

And how about you?...

How do you define success?...
How do you measure success?...
Are you successful when you create something that you like?... when you sell it?...or when you have the courage to try something new, no matter how old you are?


"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally"
~David Frost~




11 comments:

debi @ life in my studio said...

What a great post...very inspirational! Love the quote.

Paula said...

success=the lovely words people send me after purchasing my art. sometimes i think i'd paiint simply for feedback...it brings the most joy!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Love the post!

starrynightimpressions said...

It shows us all that we are never too old to start something new!
and also to start things because you are doing it for the joy of the experience, then the success will come, in some way or another :)
starrydeborah

Angie said...

What a great post. It's making me think of my Grandmother who painted. When I was ten years old she gave me a painting she had done of the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum (I was obsessed with LIW as a child) and I'm so glad I have that wonderful painting to remember her by.

Trendy Bindi said...

Those paintings are lovely! Grandma Moses really is such an inspiration.

Kerry

p.s. I would love it if you would add our blog to your list. It's http://trendybindis.blogspot.com/
Thanks!

Diane said...

Beautiful, thanks for sharing. It was very inspiring (:
Hugs, Diane

Jeanneoli said...

Beautiful post. I hope I always define success as trying new things and just putting myself out there. So glad I found you.

Utah Grammie said...

Oh, as someone of a certain age (60) who is trying to learn Chinese brush painting now, this is such a meaningful post! Thanks for the great words and inspiration and the memory of Grandma Moses!

Noel Solomon said...

It was great meeting you today as well! Your shop is beautiful and Linda is the best! Next time I'm in SC I'll be sure to come back.
xoxo - Noel

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

I've always loved her work and your writing is great.

Ciao,
Suzanne