Entering art competitions is a daunting act; people will actually judge your work, after all. And yet, that’s one of the contributing factors to your growth as an artist. Because the deadline for the Watermedia Showcase is quickly approaching (on August 1), we thought we might offer these words of encouragement for those who haven’t yet submitted their work.
(Psst: If you’re one of those who haven’t, click here to enter Watercolor Artist’s 8th annual Watermedia Showcase—double the prize money this year!)
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” —Les Brown
“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” —Neil Gaiman
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” —Vincent van Gogh
“Creativity takes courage.” —Henri Matisse
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Zig Ziglar
“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” —Chinese Proverb
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” —Michael Althsuler
“Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.” —Gil Atkinson
“There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry.” —Henry Miller
“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” —Greg Anderson
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