Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Thoughts...

“The secret to success is learning to go from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” 
 Winston S. Churchill

At first glance you might not think Winston Churchill was talking about art...but I think his words apply as much to art as to anything else in life.

Perhaps they just spoke that little bit louder to me of late as I am making my way forward, inching my way forward and making mistakes and having to start again, or at least revise the way forward!

I like that he focuses on the 'no loss of enthusiasm'. Enthusiasms is kind of code for passion, or belief, or desire to make the thing you want/need to make I guess. Maintaining your own enthusiasm for the process and for the work is really what gets you through. For me of late, it has been my inherent belief that there is good work be made, tantalisingly close if I can just keep with it and keep pushing through.

Mistakes...I've made a few...

At least when I look back at this I realise my typesetting skills are improving!


  1. I worked for many years at Colonial Williamsburg, where they recreated 18th century trades (among other things). After seeing the process of setting up a page of type, it was humbling to realize what it must have taken to print a weekly newspaper (let alone break down the type and start anew each week).

    As ever, it is seeing your process that increases my appreciation of the final product.

    1. I am in awe of anybody setting a whole newspaper Liz - what a skill and such commitment and perseverance. Process shows so much doesn't it? Go well.

  2. Essentially we can't improve without failure... we learn more from our mistakes than our successes, don't you think?

    1. I agree whole heartedly Claire - I always learn more from mistakes than successes! I wonder if success just get accepted and not critiqued, whereas mistakes force you to question and interrogate and explore?Who knows?!? Go well.

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    1. I think that was masterstroke Mo don't you! I'm rathe fond o fit and have no idea how I could have done it, but still...Go well.

  4. Those up side down letters are actually great fun! Worth remembering for a fun or humorous project. Especially "bright"....
    Lynn G


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