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I feel this is important though

I always read/heard/saw many, many stories of people who came up against hardships but persevered and were successful. They triumphed over all troubles, all evils and saved the day, riding on the heels of talent/smarts (I hate that one)/luck/whatever. Sometimes nothing. But you never heard about the mediocre kids who really did give it all they had yet still failed. And they never really got success and/or still struggled afterwards. They remained mediocre. Led mediocre lives. Did mediocre things. Bought lottery tickets, etc. Never do we hear of such stories. We do not care to. But why do we discredit such stories when that is the story of our lives!

I am in that category! See, we all start out with high beliefs that we will be successful because we TRIED. That is such a lie! “If you try, you will succeed”. Now I am not saying that you should not try, but people should know that just because you try, it does NOT mean it will guarantee success. In fact, the likelihood is that you will fail. And the other bad thing is, you may never succeed!

Well, define “success”. Success means “success”!

And then they say, “well, the antidote to that is trying again”. Another lie. It does not guarantee anything. Usually people fail a lot of things. And we all hear about Edison who created the lightbulb and only found a bajillion ways that did not work until he got success. But really, how many people in life do you know who became successful?

Bottom line. You can fail even though you tried your best. And even though you got back up eight more times, and it got worse and worse the harder you tried (true story) that is a more realistic take on life. So don’t be so hard on yourself. Lots of people fail at lots of things.

I like this quote:

Einstein

Everyone is a genius. If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will go its whole life thinking it is stupid.
To sow

That is a picture a painted.

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By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.