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Lesson #9 Scratch Board Teaches Patience

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                                           “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ~ Saadi

Scratch Board SheepScratch Board was a new experience for me. First apply ink to a special coated paper and then scratch the surface to produce a picture.  It’s like drawing in reverse.  O.K. fine.  This should be easy enough!  That’s until I got started.  It was a real challenge and I kept goofing the lines up.  As I was ready to give up on the project, my teacher, LeLand Stanford Morgan (born on a train) suggested that one never rush the end.  Yes, that was it.  I was rushing to the finish line.  He commented on how many artists are doing great work and in the final stages they rush it and ruin the whole effort.  So I started all over and you can see my first scratch board above.  Patience was the golden key.  I have never forgotten to stay calm, patient all the way to the finish line. This Golden rule helps me out every day.  Whenever I’m feeling hurried about my daily life, I remember to slow down and consider the big picture.  I apply this to the least of activities like doing dished or gardening.  It’s not always the finished product but the experience of the journey that matters.

Merriam-Webster: Definition of Patien

“able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people”

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