“Make your motto “Others have, I will.””

“Make your motto “Others have, I will.””

From the book F. W. Tamblyn’s Home Instructor in Penmanship.

            My full time job has me on the road and away from my art space a lot with no signs (or desire) of slowing down in the next few years but the desire to create is only getting more and more intense for me. This means that I am always trying to find new ways to travel lightly with different art supplies. Currently I am in Costa Rica for the next few weeks.  On this trip, I have brought gouache paints, some calligraphy supplies, and I never leave without a camera of some sort. 


            In the last 3-6 months I have been following Lauren from Blue Eye Brown Eye.  She teaches calligraphy classes mainly in Dallas but has joined up with the Blogshop to offer classes in Cali and/or NY.  This is how I found her and have become an admirer of her work. Her classes look fun and vibrant. I am very much looking forward to the day I get to attend one of her classes; in the meantime I’ve bought a few things to get me started.

            The instruction book I purchased was first printed in 1938 and has been very entertaining to read. I’m not sure if it’s the way Mr. Tambyn describes things or if reading something from an era that regarded doing things so properly that has me intrigued. The instruction that really hooked me is his motto.  “Others have, I will.”

Somehow this tiny little phrase struck me with a bit of hope. Hope not just for this new form of expression but for other aspects of my life as well. Others have achieved great success from a lot less fortunate circumstances than I have but I too can achieve my dreams.

My other motto is: work towards your goals each day, even if it's just a little bit and even if it is not perfect it is worth the effort of trying.