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Motivation Monday... Revisit

Last Monday I posted a Motivation Monday without an image. I just could not paint/draw it fast enough. My work space was completely taken over with Inktober and a painting. This weekend I cleared off the desk and did the painting!

The quote was from Nelson Mandela.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

There are many other quotes about overcoming fear and how to be more productive. It seems to me they all really just say the same thing. Feel the fear and do the thing. (There is a book called "Feel the fear and do it anyway" that is worth the read.)


I like analogies. I think things are easier to understand there is a story or analogy to go along with it. I enjoy creating visual analogies based on how I understand things. This painting came about because I came upon a great analogy for fear while walking last Monday.

If life is like swimming/walking or something similar. Then fear is a band or ribbon blocking your path/route. Many are happy to just slumber and stay in the "comfort zones" and never push past tahe ribbons of fear. They will never get anywhere but they are not concerned with that. They are happy where they are. If you can overcome your comfort inertia and bust through the ribbons of fear you can accomplish great things.

Anyway that is where my brain was when I thought and created this.

I did some minor editing to increase the saturation in colors. THEN I had fun and altered the hue to make this crazy red version. I suppose it is more scary and shows more fear. I did blue/green to show that there is a level of calm and comfort between the layers of fear.


Which one do you think fits the concept of pushing through fear better?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

PS. I put out a YouTube video yesterday. The first 15 days of Inktober!

I also put up new time lapse videos every Thursday, so subscribe to my channel :)

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