Patience, originally uploaded by Leah Virsik.

Sometimes growth can be super slow moving, not as fast as one would like. That’s the way I’ve been feeling lately. And yet, when I look at my life lately, I’ve achieved many great things. I owe great thanks to Courtenay Davis who invited me to speak about my art to an art salon in Alameda. And thanks to the art salon, Lorraine M. Bruce asked me to have my first solo show at the Kensington Library in July 2010.

I didn’t realize how much I missed making books and this talk put me on the road to begin the process of making lots of little books. They are still in process but I am excited about them. They’re built upon things I’ve done in the past but I’m making improvements along the way.

The recent mixed-media/acrylic piece above tested my patience as it was coming together. So often, the importance of stopping, letting go, releasing and coming back is taught to me through my own work.

3 Replies to “Patience”

  1. Hi Leah,

    I don’t know if you remember me or not, but this is jennifer Hillard’s sister (remember, from Maria’s baby shower?!) Well, hi! I haven’t talked to you in a long time. Before I forget, congrats on your marriage!

    Jennifer forwarded me your blog site by way of Maria. I’m really impressed. This is great and I am all for artists expressing themselves in every way 🙂

    Anyway, I’m in the process of creating a website about people who are passionate about the world. It’s a long story but I would like to showcase the ‘every man’ that is changing things –whether it’s creatively, spiritually, volunterring..whatever. Plus, I would like to give little ‘tips’ here and there about how one can start moving moutains. Anyway, I need a web designer. Do you still do that? At least I thought you did. Or maybe point me in the right direction..?

    Thanks in advance for the help. I can’t wait to hear from you! Oh, and keep writing. I really enjoy your blogs…very thought provoking. I recently published a book of poetry so I am all for people expressing themselves through words…they are powerful, ya know!

    Be well,

  2. Greetings dear Leah,

    The process of painting is different for each artist, yet there is a core that binds them all. There is certainly no formula other than patience.

    All to often one rushes into starting a painting because of internal urges only to discover something when wrong have way through.

    Even when starting a painting that has had some planning, we need to remain open to changes and try something that our intuition tells us to try. In the end taking time, stepping back to catch a breath and reflect, only to continue when the internal emotions posses your thoughts and energies. Never rush to finish a painting.

    Keep up the good work my friend.


    1. Thanks Egmont for your words. How difficult it can me for me to rush, push, force… letting go and patience is something I know I’ll continue to deal with in my life and in my art. Not that they are separate.

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