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Poppy Cropped How do you measure success?

For a lot of people the word success brings about certain feelings predominantly including social and financial. I’m beginning to understand that we, as humans, measure success in comparison to others. We see what we have/do/produce and compare that to the people around us to rate whether we are successful ‘enough’ when this is probably one of the worst things we can do, particularly for ourselves creatively.

‘A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms’ – Zen Shin

I love that quote because it is a hefty reminder that something doesn’t have to compete to be successful, fulfil it’s purpose, and be all it was meant to be. Success for a flower is growing into it’s potential and blooming. It grew, it lived, it became what it was meant to become.

I don’t really like the concept of success because it means that we have to accept failure as a concept as well; something that is notoriously given a bad rep and we are told we do not want. Success if ‘good’, failure is ‘bad’, strive for the former and avoid the latter when really perhaps it should be the other way around.

Sometimes ‘success’ brings bad things with it as far as our ego and the way we compare ourselves and relate to others is concerned; we’ve all heard the questions asked of celebrities rising to fame: ‘How do you stay grounded/down to earth?’ Failure on the other hand is how we learn and grow and find success deep down on an individual level; the kind of success that isn’t born out of comparison with others but that is born out of comparison with ourselves – where we are now compared with where we were and where we would like to be.

I think the big tripping point with success comes from when we allow others to dictate the measure of our success. It seems almost unavoidable these days but that doesn’t make it a good thing. Soceity dictates that we are successful if we make money, have friends, look a certain way, have X number of likes and follows on social media, own a house, are married (the list goes on) when none of that really matters.

Never pin your view of your own success on where other people think you should be in life. In the same way never consider your creative work only successful if it has sold for X amount of money or gotten X nmber of likes on social media. If you are happy with it and have learned from the experience of creating it, if it has given you a feeling of achievement and accomplishment, it is, in my opinion, a success. Even if it ‘fails’ as a piece in the end it can still be a success because in failing we learn and do better next time.

If we measuure our success on a personal scale we stop viewing things in the rigid, black and white sense of successes and failures and begin to feel content and blessed regardless. Remember, a beautiful flower just is. It blooms for itself because that is what it was born to do and in doing so spreads sustenance, joy, beauty and inspiration to those that come into contact with it.

Poppy Edited


‘Poppy’ – Pastel on grey pastel paper, available as various prints on my Redbubble Store.


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It’s a really tough decision to settle on a logo or theme when you are branding yourself, I daresay that goes for allo businesses but when you’re an artist it feels even harder. You would think it would be a simpler affair given the range of imagery created in your practice to choose from but therein lies the problem. Sometimes, too many options, can cause problem and make it very difficult to settle on the one you feel really says something about you and your work.

A few years back I was playing around with my watercolours and creating some new experimental pieces when the, more recently named, Abstract Rainbow Mosaic was born. I knew straight away that I wanted to use it as the eye catching logo for Nemorosa Studio because it encapsulated so much about me and my practice.

I love colours and shapes across the full spectrum. The patterns and composition of this painting were created through intuitive means of playing and letting the process guide me (as I touched on in my last blog post). It plays on things that I am noticing more and more are signature components of my work, specifically diagonal compositions that draw the eye from one corner to another and circular shapes. It also has this ‘mosaic’, ‘puzzly’ feel to it that I adore and reminds me of my very early work in college when I concentrated more on creating series’ of paintings that, while could be viewed and enjoyed as individual paintings were also designed to sit on a wall together and lead into each other as part of a larger work.

Brand Image full editWhile the original Abstract Rainbow Mosaic watercolour is not for sale I have decided to sell various prints of my beloved image on my Redbubble Store! Feel free to check out what’s available and leave a like/follow for the design to show your support!

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