from my journals
6 October 2013
"Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful."
—Jacqueline Bisset

Discipline is a practice.
"Without discipline, there's no life at all."
—Katharine Hepburn
It's been an interesting couple of weeks in my little world. The only thing that has kept me upright and onboard is my personal, daily discipline. I've not been able to follow all of my practices but those that I have been able to follow have kept me from falling down and not getting up again.

I was sitting next to a friend's mother at brunch in early September. Can't remember the details of what prompted her response but she looked at me pointedly and said, "No matter what, don't weaken!"

Whatever your circumstances and specifics may be, we all go through challenging experiences. What keeps any of us on board is our faith, true friends, our daily spiritual and physical practices and willingness to continue, to the best of our abilities.

Walk, draw, paint, do yoga, pray, run, meditate, I don't care what you do but like marriage, whatever you sign up for, remember that it's in sickness and in health and whether you like it or not, do your practice daily to the best of your ability.

Any of my students will tell you that my live workshops are a rush. We cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and, even if you don't finish with a picture you consider worthy of framing, you feel accomplished, fearless. You have a backbone.

It's easy to have someone paint by numbers or splash paint on a canvas for fun and send them off with some finished product. It's not so easy to lay out the underlying principles and elements of a creative form and explain that real accomplishment requires discipline, which requires showing up over and over again no matter how many times you fail or fall down.

My long course, online students will tell you that discipline is de rigeur. Each student must find their way, regardless of personal situations, to meet the work and do it. My online course students show up and learn and do and exchange. I love and admire each of them for doing so. Their work and their relationships are a beautiful thing to watch unfold.

If you're not working on drawing and watercolor and you don't have me as a teacher, life's going to find you anyway. There's no way around it. If you want to accomplish anything, you must practice. If you have to practice anything, you must discipline yourself.

Discipline. It's a good word.
"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment."
—Jim Rohn
"If I'd had good discipline, I might have gone into music."
—Clint Eastwood
Click here to listen to King Crimson's Discipline.

If forced to pick one most favorite band of all (my life) time, the choice would be easy. King Crimson, second incarnation with Tony Levin, Bill Buford, Adrien Belew and, but ofcourse, Mr. Robert Fripp.

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