Keep working towards the masterpiece

carmen-herreraFor sixty years, Carmen Herrera painted without selling a single item. Then at 89 years of age, she cashed in her first painting. Now aged 95, she’s exploding in popularity and her paintings are fetching previously unimaginable prices. Critics imagesspeak of her as monumental, iconic of a Latin American minimalism.

In anonymity, she  pursued her passion for decades. Among artists, failure is common. Supporters joke that her recent eclosion was orchestrated from images-1above by her recently-deceased husband. At hearing such jests, she retorts peppery, “I worked really hard. Maybe it was me.”

Don’t feel like a failure. You’re just casting about for your legacy. The world may call you a failure, but YOU don’t have to accept any stigmas into your heart. It may take decades to strike gold, so keep digging. As attractive as the child prodigy is the story of the late bloomer.

35 responses to “Keep working towards the masterpiece

  1. I love this, Mike! …casting about for my legacy…attractive story of a late bloomer. Awww…bless you for saying something I really needed to hear today.

  2. that’s encouraging. …thanks for sharing…. 🙂

  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kind of like the story of Grandma Moses. Encourages me to keep on keeping on!

  5. Wow, perfect time to read this story. Thanks for posting it!

  6. This post blessed me. It’s really cool how she has continued to set out doing the things she felt called to do without recognition from the world.

  7. This post is so inspiring. I’m truly happy for her. And it love her reply about her husband being responsible for her recent success. Thanks for making my day!

  8. Inspiring story. It encourages me to continue with my passion no matter if anyone is noticing. Thanks for the post.

  9. ‘The world may call you a failure, but YOU don’t have to accept any stigmas to your heart” – inspiring words. Thank you for presenting this article, Mike!

  10. Wow!!! Thanks a lot for those very inspiring words!! 🙂

  11. What a brilliant story! (Yes, I thought of Grandma Moses, too, another late bloomer in the art world). While we live and breathe there is always time, it is never too late! People should never give up on their dreams. Thank you, MustardSeed. 🙂

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