Follow That Dream

"...dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present."
- Robert Conklin

A colleague sent me this:

"I'm reading a book called The life and letters of Pytor Ilich Tchaikovsky and wanted to share something from it with you."

"Did you know that Tchaikovsky wrote the attached letter at 23 after deciding to leave a cushy job and pursue music full time?"

"So dream away, and dream often, and dream big. And never let anyone talk you out of your dreams."
- Neale Donald Walsch

In his book "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell maintains that 10,000 hours is a magic number where people pass from obscurity to fame and fortune.

Long ago my own "impossible" dream was merely "to make a living with a brush in my hand." This idea was "really impossible" because I was a single mom with two children to support - but I did it anyhow and became a sign painter.

Ultimately this path led me to become a portrait painter.

I trusted that hard work and spending my time painting would make up for any talent I lacked. And I had the firm belief that a "teacher would appear" when I was ready to learn.

This blog is part of my payback to others who need to learn the lessons I can teach about painting...I trust that you'll find me if you need me.


Mary Bullock said...

karen - wonderful words and very wise. I have been following your blog for some months now and and am so glad that I found you - your lessons are just what I need. Thank you many times over.

Linda Hanson said...


Thank you.

Linda H

Nirvana said...

Thank You so much!