It always seems impossible until it’s done.
— Nelson Mandela
When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.
— FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Skull with bird decals and gold luster, Mike McDowell 2013 (i will be adding some of these ooak skulls to my shop at mudpuppy.etsy.com soon!)
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
— Henry David Thoreau (via stxxz
glaze test for something new. mike mcdowell, 2013
morning studio work in process. Michael McDowell, 2013.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Most problems, you can recover from. Like, if someone breaks into your house, it’s not the end of the world. But the anxiety you can feel about the possibility of something like someone breaking into your house can ruin your life.
A new favorite fresh from the kiln.
Small weed vase
If you don’t like where you are, move on. You are not a tree.
— Unknown (via bmcay)