Happy New Year everyone! 2018 was a good one for me. The first part of the year I worked on my Motivational Art collection. Maybe it was this process of traditional art with motivational quotes that motivated me to complete and publish my book. I hope they inspire you as much as they do me!
I’ve always found staying motivated an issue which I think many of us do from time to time, so I guess that’s the reason why we find places such as social media for example, filled with motivational memes and positive quotes that aim to inspired and enlighten our souls.
Through my research, I was bombarded with quotes from famous politicians such as Winston Churchill to screen legends like Marilyn Monroe – it seems everyone has that little something that just struck a cord with them personally, but for me the unsung authors also need their chance in the spotlight as they too speak words of wisdom. After some serious and extensive searching for what would work both quote and illustration wise, I narrowed my selection down to ten in total (I’ve still two left to do, so any suggestion are welcome!).
Without anymore rhubarb, here they are….
quote 1: OCTOPUS
“Embrace the glorious mess that you are”
Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir “Eat, Pray, Love“. Elizabeth has made many inspiring quotes over the years, but this one I think we can all relate to at some point in our lives.
This quote for me means, accept your flaws as it is these that make you unique. The reference to being a “mess” made me think that an illustration of an Octopus with tangled arms would be rather fitting for this quote – still looks glorious even in it’s tangled state.
QUOTe 2: DRAGONFLY
“Live in the Moment”
This is above all one of my favourites, because it truly captures what most of us miss in life – the sense of just being. The full quote is: “If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Dragonfly seemed an apt subject for this illustration due to the fact they spend only a very short part of their life span as actual adult dragonflies. They can live as nymphs for up to four years, but once they are mature adults their lifespan only lasts a few months but during that moment, they mate and live their lives to the fullest.
QUOTE 3: KOI CARP
“The struggle today develops strength for tomorrow”
There’s not much about Robert Tew, but goodreads have a fine selection of his work. The Koi Carp was a fitting illustration for this quote due it’s meaning in tattoo work – Japanese people have, for years, used Koi fish tattoo designs as a cultural symbol for overcoming adversity.
Stories are told of how they climb waterfalls that have strong currents. It is said Koi was determined to reach the top of the waterfall so it persevered and succeeded.
QUOTE 4: ROSES AND BEES
“take time to smell the roses, take time to enjoy the view”
Bernard Kelvin Clive is an Author, Speaker, and Trainer, Ghana’s foremost authority on Personal branding and Digital Publishing and he is one of Amazon’s bestselling authors. Amongst his many quotes was this one that stood out and spoke volumes about today’s world where we are all in a hurry to go nowhere…
The illustration idea wasn’t hard for this one due to the mention of roses. The fragrance of rose has long inspired poets and lovers. One legend says the red rose came from the blood of the Greek love goddess Aphrodite. The name of Aphrodite’s son Eros, god of love, is an anagram for rose. Folktales that come from China to Europe tell similar stories about the rose’s symbolism as the unfolding of both spiritual and physical love and perfection.
QUOTE 5: HOWLING AT THE MOON
“THE EARTH HAS MUSIC FOR THOSE THAT LISTEN”
Philosopher, poet, literary and cultural critic, George Santayana was born in Madrid, Spain, on 16 December 1863 and is a principal figure in Classical American Philosophy. His naturalism and emphasis on creative imagination were harbingers of important intellectual turns on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a naturalist before naturalism grew popular.
I think this quote speaks for itself about our beautiful home that we call earth, and thought the only way that I could really illustrate the quote was how a Wolf howls at a full moon.