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Posted by Heather C. Williams at Jun 20, 2012 09:57 PM |

Success cannot be pursued. It comes as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.



Max came to my studio every other day for weeks, sitting in my tall chair, telling me stories of his life in upstate Wisconsin in the woods, feeding deer and standing still as birds sat on his outstretched hands.

I think this is my best painting to date. Success came from applying what I learned from Jan Valentin Saether during my 5-year Apprenticeship. But probably what contributed the most to my success was that Max never peeked at my progress, making comments about how good or bad I was portraying him. He let me deal with the errors, problems and wonderous unfolding of Max. In painting and in life, apply what you know as best you can. Sometimes you'll be successful, sometimes not. Love yourself through the whole process.

Interested in drawing? I've got online classes: