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Artists: On Doing What You Love


When I worked at the art supplies shop I met many people who gave me practical advice about being an artist. The one that stuck with me the most is that it is important to be persistent in your dreams of being an artist. In other words, don't give up. Over the years of working there I met many people who were returning to art at an older age. They were another reminder to me - be persistent and don't give up. I was amazed at their courage to come back to art despite feeling rusty and "out-of-the-loop". It's never too late to fan the flame of creativity. You can come back to art late in life and still achieve your dreams. 


So I had to share the video above with you - just as a reminder. In it Jim Carrey addresses a graduating class and explains why it's important to ask the universe for what you want in life. He explains why the safe choice isn't safe at all. I've watched it a few times now and feel that the message is clear and strong. Everything we choose contains risk. Everything. So better to take the risks that you want for your creative life when you can. There are enough people out there that will tell you it can't be done. Don't be one of them. 

About the author

Artist in residence Rebecca Chaperon

Rebecca Chaperon is our Artist-in-Residence

With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, her paintings often follow the thread of a heroine's misadventures through a surreal landscape.

She's had the pleasure of teaching at Langara College and given community workshops on painting techniques with an emphasis on watercolour, oil and acrylic. She is a board member at the Grunt gallery.

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