Build and They Will Come - How To Attract Your Purple Cow by Mary Jennings

Prepare For The Rush When I was in college, I had a job at a restaurant named Eden's in Center City Philadelphia, PA.  I loved that job because it taught me so much.  It was owned and managed by a fellow that was formerly a top executive at Proctor and Gamble Corporation.  He ran a tight ship and that was no easy task with a bunch of art students, musicians and other transient staff.  One lesson to remember was to stay at your station.  As much as I wanted to leave the cash register to bus tables, I was not allowed.  The other (most commonly used to this day) is during the down times, prepare for the rush.  In the restaurant world, particularly in a busy city like Philadelphia, the rush can crush your business, staff and reputation if not properly prepared for.  The magic of making that rush a positive or even fruitful time, all depends on the work accomplished in preparation.

For you, in search of your own success, what does preparing for the rush look like.  Well, for starters, you have to be clear on what success looks like for you.  I have covered the importance of honesty with yourself in Is This a Purple Cow or A Faux Pas and am talking about attracting your special breed of success in this posting.  With knowing what you love and where you want to go with it, you are ready to experience the rush.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.

- Maya Angelou

This posting is one of six about how to find and keep your purple cow.  If we were to put all of this in barnyard details, I would say, build the barn, stock the food, read all the latest news on weather conditions, healthcare and maintenance of your wonderful purple cow.

Another point is to have faith.  Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see."  Preparing for a rush or building for success that is nowhere in sight takes a lot of courage and passion.

Next Tuesday, I will be adding to this series with a post on being willing to grow and refine your success (purple cow).



Feature Friday: Why KNOT? Golden Gate Bridge by Mary Jennings

Peep Knot

As I sit here at my desk this morning, I’m amused at the variety of tasks on my to-do list today.  I've got a study I’m keeping up with, a costume and props I need to create, a custom 30 minute (comedy) tribute I need to create and practice, a blog post I need to write featuring my art, a doctor’s visit for my son to be scheduled, and ('yada, yada, yada' - Seinfield reference - ‘yada’ing over the best part. LOL! --->) go to the gym today. Do I lack focus?  Or, do I have a richly creative life?  I would like to believe I have a richly creative life.  I really can’t help myself.  I am happy with this kind of variety.  As long as stuff is getting done, is there really a problem with this range of skills and challenges being accessed?  I’m just not sure of the answer to that question even as I type this wearing a Marilyn Monroe wig and jewels.  Why not?  If I must explain, I have to test how this costume for my tribute is going to kill my focus with it's itchiness.  See?  I am focused and working hard.

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A painter is usually criticized for their range of styles and techniques as being a 'jack of all and master on none'.  I am here to argue that I am able to master many techniques and styles of painting.  I have training in textile design and most of my art career has been in painting custom murals.  With this work, I have successfully developed a 'universal' style of painting.  I don't allow the critics to keep me from painting or any other form of art I would like to explore.  I aim for the best fit and an everlasting effect.  I pour a lot of heart and soul into every work I create.

The three works I will present to you this fEATURE fRIDAY, I am demonstrating three different techniques I am able to access from my skill toolbox.  When I took my first walk across the dramatic Golden Gate Bridge, my attention was captured by the little details nobody was really supposed to notice.  Scattered all throughout my walk across were bolts, knots, locks, lights, signs, writing, and delicious paint drippings.  The bridge was active with walkers and workers.  This was quite clearly a well loved bridge.  I was completely consumed with interest.  I burned through a whole memory card of photos and hadn’t even made it to the half way point.

I have several works that I have since created from this inspired journey, but these display my desire to capture the vibrant energy of the Golden Gate.  With their focus bing on the many knots and the trademark brick red color of the bridge, I elected to create one work in collage, one in colored pencil and one in acrylic.  They are all on maximum density fiberboard and framed with painted wood shadow box.  Knots that were never meant to be seen have quite a significance now that I’ve captured them.  I love looking at them independently and together.  Even though they have been created in three different mediums, they have focus and integrity.

If you are interested in learning more about these works, please visit my shop on Etsy.  They are available for purchase there as well.

I have also created (sans the Marilyn wig) a video of my memorable journey to and across the Golden Gate Bridge.  I love the complete story it creates about the inspiration for the artwork’s focus.  Why KNOT?

Leave comment if you have ever walked over a particularly cool bridge.  I would love to hear what you found interesting.