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dennis

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on: July 11, 2010, 11:39:55 PM
While attending our usual weekly Entrepreneurs Prayer Meeting in our church hall the other day, I noticed some writing on the back of a t-shirt and I asked that person to copy it down for me. It reads like this :
SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

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"A good education is an essential part to success. However, one must have a certain respect and admiration for those who have made their marks without the benefit of the traditional university. The benefit of the traditional that we call street has given birth to some of the most successful and insightful people in the world.

Many of us would not be here today were it not for the skills and knowledge we acquired and the dues we paid on the streets. There is no replacement for the street sense and instinct. There is no school harder than the School of Hard Knocks." - ANON

I never attended university, yet I retired as senior mechanical engineer in the highly specialized section of Refinery Piping and Plant Layout and Design. The University of Hard knocks, and the experience acquired thereby, eventually earned me corporate membership and Certificate from The Association of South African Registered Engineering Technicians. It still proudly hangs on my office wall!

If you are not able to, or will not be able to, attend formal training in the Arts, so what!. Listen to your heart and your instincts, not to other people who insist on pulling you down with negative remarks and advice. Persevere, no matter how long it takes you, no matter how many tears you shed along the way. Give honour and recognition to all the people who have helped you along the cobbled road to success.

Seek out positive artists to be your mentors, join your local art club or society, buy as many art books as you can, re-join your local library. If you cannot find a personal mentor, don't worry, that is what this website is all about. The Paint Basket has had wonderful feed-back from all over the world of how we are helping from absolute beginners through to art teachers. Let this site be your 24 hour a day mentor. Use the forum to post questions, send us scans of your completed project and we will give you feedback on them, etc. Isn't it amazing how the attitudes of others always tends to rub off on those around them - a sour workmate can quickly turn others sour. But on the flip side of the coin - if you mix with positive people, you also stay positive. Anything you count worthwhile is more than worth the effort, time and money you put into it.
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Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 08:46:05 PM
Yours (and Nolan's) is the first art course I've ever taken.  I want to glorify our Creator with this newly discovered talent and strongly desire to make improvements.  I agree with your statement that we should listen to our instincts and to those that encourage us, but sometimes the critical comments from someone trusted and close can push us to do better (as long as they are not sour comments).  Perseverance is important in life and I must stay very important in art where it is very difficult ... since the world seems to be full of art critics.  I had to answer the important question you posed: Why do I paint?  I just may make a sign that says that and keep in in my work area.
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Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 11:18:13 PM
Perseverance is important in life and I must stay very important in art where it is very difficult ... since the world seems to be full of art critics.

Very wise words, you often just have to keep plugging at it till you get to the top.

Art critics - I agree that there are way too many art critics, but you know how it goes, the best umpires are always in the crowd and not on the field actually doing the job, so you always have to keep in mind where the criticism is coming from. That is why we don't have crit session at Paint Basket, we have encourager sessions, because we want to build not break.


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Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 09:57:22 AM
I have an aquaintence thru my wife (her husband) and If I even bring up my paintings, he'll emmediately, say Pat....when I went to school back in Poland, my friend would create art with explosives, etc etc...and within 2 min time, he's trying to "top off" anything I say like he knows a better extreme than i do. I'm sure we all know people like that..always topping one's self off with a better opinion. I never EVER bring up my painting with him anymore. I haven't shown him one and not about too. I get very disallusioned and could actually quit altogether, so I have to be very careful. I won't even go to a class because I feel like a number. I tried only once, and it didn't feel right to me.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #4 on: October 09, 2011, 02:21:50 PM
Indeed I do Pat. There's no point in trying to hold a sensible conversation with someone who has done it all, seen it all and knows it all. We had one on board not too long ago.... I just said it must be marvellous to know everything about everything so there was no point in our having this conversation. I bid him goodnight.... and I went to bed.  :whistle:
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Reply #5 on: October 09, 2011, 02:48:58 PM
Pat, my wife criticized my work thinking she was helping, but I felt discouraged enough to quit with some of her criticism.  I later came to the realization she was not really trying to tear me down.  Although she does not paint, she is trying to show me a different perspective.  I could choose to become hurt, angry, ignore or listen and possibly take her comments as a means for me to grow.  It is difficult when in the middle of receiving criticism, but I choose to thank her.  It is different than the husband of your wife's acquaintance as he seems very insecure.  Perhaps he lacked affirmation and praise growing up and needs to learn to give compliments and stop there.

It is probably why Dennis and Nolan's tutorials are the closest I've ever come to an art class.  I believe this IS the best environment for growth.

I like how you handled that Val.  Hope that person was embarrassed and learned from their mistake.
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Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 02:51:50 PM
One can only hope....
Cheers, Val

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Reply #7 on: October 09, 2011, 05:43:30 PM
The University of Hard Knocks couldn't have graduated a finer person than you, Dennis! :clap:  I appreciate all of your remarks and your kindness.  With a dad like you, it's no wonder Nolan turned out so good, too!  :flowers: Your website and forum are my favorite hang out places!  :yippee: God bless you folks more and more!


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Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 07:54:18 PM
Dennis were your school colours black and blue?

I agree with Liz.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #9 on: October 09, 2011, 09:16:04 PM
we had a person phone enquiring about becoming a franchisee at one stage. As Dennis was explaining about the franchisee training, she exclaimed "Oh I have been painting for 30 years, what can you possibly teach me?"

Unfortunately for her, Dennis was even older than her, so he promptly replied, "Well I have been painting for over 50 and I am still learning new things every day, so you can't possibly know everything. We need people that are willing to continue growing so you are not the right match for our franchise, thank you for calling, good bye"

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People that think they know everything are unteachable


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Reply #10 on: October 09, 2011, 09:55:22 PM
GREAT story!  O0
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Reply #11 on: October 10, 2011, 01:56:23 AM
 :clap: Good on you Dennis.  :clap: 
Its much like I've always told people wanting to learn to sail...
"You can learn to sail in a weekend, BUT...it takes a lifetime to get good at it."  O0
Cheers, Val

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Reply #12 on: October 10, 2011, 04:39:53 AM
Never, never, never give up because of what people say.   God has given us gift to use for our pleasure, His pleasure and the pleasure of many others that appreciate and enjoy art.   The ones who give us negative comments indirectly wish they could paint like we do!  :envy: :2funny:  So forgive them  :fight: then a  :1hug: and move on to doing even better paintings.

Try and find someone who you can trust to give constuctive comments about ones painting. (Like Nolan and Denis).
Sometimes we don't always see what we have painted wrong.  ie perspective, not putting in a shadow where it needs to go etc.   My daughter is also gifted and I trust her with her comments.  I often ask her to see what is wrong with my painting and she will then study it and give some advise and I sometimes make her stay while I correct it.  I once painted a horse portrait without putting in his chin - he looked so funny but I jsut couldn't find what was wrong.  I asked her and she saw it straight away.   

Denis thank you for sharing your story with us.   I am so happy for you and Nolan for the success you have achieved in New Zealand.  Congratulations!

Times are tough... and painting is a wonderful way to relax and take the cares of this world away. :hug:
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