I was in sales for almost thirty years.
During my “training,” my handlers fed me a large dose of PMA. You know, “Positive Mental Attitude.”
Just believe it, and it will happen.
Through some “law of attraction” you “manifest” your desires.
Well, I’m here to tell you that’s all baloney!
It’s baloney if all you do every day is sit back and keep telling yourself great things will happen!
It’s baloney if you sit on the couch all day thinking about what you want from the “catalog of life.” Oh yeah, and while you watch cat videos on Facebook.
I’m sorry, but life just doesn’t work like that.
So…how do you believe in yourself (the subject of Bill’s video clip)?
You add a healthy dose of “get off your butt and get to work” to the “believe in yourself” mental attitude.
Mindset is critical for sure! But mindset alone isn’t enough.
So how did Bill do it?
Bill believed in himself. His autobiography is full of major events in his life. A World War, separation from his family, and starting a life in a new world did not stop Bill.
He did his duty as a soldier and by the grace of God survived one of the worst killing grounds in human history.
He persevered after the war by staying alive and working to find his family.
He landed in the “New World” with only a box of rusty nails (to build a home for his family).
Bill worked at jobs that had nothing to do with his becoming an artist so that he could become an artist.
And he never stopped painting.
He painted before work and after work. He painted on weekends and in every spare moment.
In the end, his belief in himself and his work made him a celebrity to millions of fans.
I’m sure, just like all of us, Bill’s first paintings weren’t ready to hang in the Louvre. Bill, though, believed he would become a great artist. That belief gave him the courage to push through his obstacles.
You can do it too!
Cennino d’Andrea Cennini wrote this over 500 years ago. Like Leonardo da Vinci, he believed that learning to draw was a critical skill to becoming a great artist.
Mind you, the most perfect steersman that you can have, and the best helm, lie in the triumphal gateway of copying from nature. And this outdoes all other models; and always rely on this with a stout heart, especially as you begin to gain some judgment in draftsmanship. Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is it will be well worth while, and will do you a world of good.
Every day you must do something to advance your art. It can be as simple as reading a book, watching a video, taking fifteen minutes to sketch an object near you. (Always draw from nature – you’ll never learn to draw from photographs.)
Don’t worry about the appearance of your drawings. Even Vincent Van Gogh’s first drawings were terrible. But he kept at it. He kept drawing. Now his body of artwork is worth over a Billion dollars! Van Gogh is a legend in the world of art.
Bill says you can do it! He always believed in his fans and we, at Alexander Art, believe in you too.
You are our heroes. Every day you go out and fight the good fight. You persevere in the face of obstacles. If you believe in yourself, you too may join the elite artists who make this a more beautiful world.
We’re here to help you reach your dream of becoming as Bill said, “…the greatest artist that ever lived.”
Want to know where to start? You can’t do better than Bill’s “Fundamentals” Art Course. Bill will teach you the essential techniques of the Alexander Method™ of oil painting. Are you a beginning painter? Are you stuck on your current path to becoming an artist? Bill’s “Fundamentals” art course can help you. Practice these techniques and you, too, can become a great artist.