Martini of Motivation

There is an intoxicating romance surrounding an artist’s inspiration. 👩‍🎨 Artists rarely reveal their secret recipes for success. I am not sure if the following rant is a recipe for success, but it’s definitely a cocktail for survival. So, belly up to the bar, because we could all use a drink right about now. 🍹 .My artistic process starts with an idea followed by preparation, procrastination, self-deprecation, pontification, coffee, NPR, and music resulting in the creation of a few pieces of art I can be proud of.

Inspiration is the tonic water of life. It’s not even a “real drink”. It just makes the hard stuff taste more palatable. What’s more important than inspiration? Motivation by a long shot. In fact, put 3 shots in your shaker right now. What launches my keister straight up with a twist to work each day? Quite frankly: Anxiety 😱 & Fear of Death ☠️ . Yeah, I said it. That’s my magic Martini of motivation. 🍸 Waiting around for inspiration is like being polite in a crowded New York City Bar. You are NEVER getting served. 🚫 .

IRL, ain’t nothing going on but the rent… bills, work, kids, relationships, health etc. Everyone has their own bespoke mix of worry. I use the neurotic energy from anxiety and switch it to fuel for productivity. Add 1 shot of neurotic energy to your shaker because anxiety is the vermouth of life. We don’t really want it in there, but this is just not a Martini without it. 🍸 .Fear of Death has been propelling humanity forward since the beginning of time. FOD is the gin and should only be used in moderation. I recommend just a splash to receive the gift of gratitude for the air in your lungs, your very existence, the day before you and discovering a new positive spin on life many will never experience. In the shadows of 9/11 and the death of my 30 yr old cousin, I quit my corporate job to pursue my art career. FOD in action.

Thinking about “Last Call” leads to crystal clarity on what you want to do while you are here. 🤔 Remember, my recipe is just that… my recipe. Results may vary and don’t be afraid to shake up your own. Cheers! 🍺 xoxo Laura Loving

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New York artist most known for her Lady Liberty art prints and original paintings. Discover Laura's complete I Love New York series in the shop.