The unofficial creed of the US Post Office: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" could be simply adapted to be relevant to artists as well, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these artists from the swift completion of their master works".
I was reminded during the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival about the dedication it takes and the extremes to which artists must sometimes submit all for the sake of art. The start of the plein air (painting outdoors) week was drenched with rain. The type of rain that keeps most people indoors and undercover. The Cedarburg Artists' Guild captured photos of artists working diligently in the deluge with the comment, "These artists are a tough bunch". The silver lining is the unique view of the world that the artists can capture in the rain and at night. The reflections of light and life as the sidewalks glisten or a familiar landscape cloaked in fog, these are the extra special pieces of art.
What extremes are you willing to put yourself through to accomplish great work? What are you so passionate about that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can prevent you from doing it? Yes, it is always easier to go down a mountain than up, but the view is always better from the top.
I am thankful for the artists who brave the elements to create the pieces of beauty we can surround ourselves with, and also thankful for the postmen who get it done regardless of how inclement.
Photo: Artists Brian Sindler and Jason Prigge paint in the rain at the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival. Photo Credit: Cedarburg Artists' Guild.