“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ~ Saadi
Scratch 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 Patient
“able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people”