Fear and Motivation

My special order of 36″ x 48″ Dura-Lar arrived at the RISD Store yesterday. As they rang me up at the counter, it was a little scary to see how large the sheets were, which to me is a sign that I’m headed in the right direction. There’s something about being afraid of your project that can be exhilarating and stimulating in a positive way.

I’m stubborn enough that if someone tells me I either can’t do it or that it’s excessively difficult, it just motivates me more. I have a very clear memory of my first studio class my freshman year at RISD: the professor told us that last semester he gave 3 A’s out of 40 students.  All I could think at the time was “I’m going to be one of those A’s this semester.”


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