Flanked by Hibiscus
In Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , he describes what it takes to become a great writer from the master of horror fiction. His book is aimed at writers, but the words could easily be true for painters or artists of any medium. Some words below from the end of King’s book ring true if we swap out “writing” with “painting”.
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. Some of this book— perhaps too much— has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it— and perhaps the best of it— is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”