“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail.”
– Dorothea Brande
4 Paws East – 4″ x 4″ Acrylic on Black Gessoed Aquaboard
If you lived in my head, this is the view you could see when you looked due east from the beautiful little cabin (4 Paws) I stayed in, outside of Driggs, Idaho last week. This cabin was the most amazing place. It went waaaay beyond my wildest expectations. Next time I go, I’ll try to extend my stay at 4 Paws. It was wonderful!
Here are some of the stages this painting took, on it’s way to being what you see above.
I even had some pink and some polka dots on those far yellow trees, before I came to my senses. It really wasn’t working for me until I filled in the little woodsy area. This is the view I enjoyed from my deck every day, including all the colorful wildflowers. Can you say aaaaaaahhhhhhh?
About Dorothea Brande
Dorothea Brande wrote the quintessential how-to-write book, Becoming a Writer, which was among the first to address every writer’s core problem: How to sit down and let the words flow. Her book, published in 1934, remains in print today. She was born in 1893 in Chicago. She worked as an editor on the Chicago Tribune and The American Review and married the latter journal’s owner. She also wrote Wake Up and Live, which was adapted into a movie in 1937. She died in 1948.