The moment trams were reintroduced in Manchester, I knew I'd end up painting them. Trams are fascinating, aren't they? They appeal to a childish part of our nature. So painting trams seemed only natural.
Few artists are successful right from the start. It’s a fact. Rejection is inevitable at some point! Last week, I read a comment about an artist being good at coping with rejection. It seemed like a good point at first. But then it struck me… Do I REALLY want to be good at coping with rejection? No! I want to get good at coping with success! Rejection can help to feed that hunger for success. Strikes me that there are different ways to “cope” with failure: Accept it and give up. If that’s your approach, then you will only ever achieve failure. Denial – refuse to change. Inflexibility is also likely to lead to failure but not always. You just need to be sure you’re right! Blame others – Another form of denial, failing to take responsibility for your failure is a self perpetuating situation. Problem Solving– trying to identify reasons why the rejection occurred and taking positive steps to address the problem(s). At least you’re acknowledging your responsibility. Problem Solving is by far and away the best response to failure. The first three ways of coping are a passive inward looking reaction. Leading to learned helplessness it can […]