Is it ever too late to fulfill your dreams?

Is it ever too late to fulfill your dreams?Hope

Do you think it’s ever too late to fulfill your dream or dreams? Do you
think there is an age limit to do what you really love? to do your
passion? What kept you back from not doing it earlier in life?
I
am 57 and I am now doing my art full time. Do I wish I had done it
before? I don’t know. I did many other things during the process and
now I’m here. Are you happy with your current profession? Is there a
dream you want to attain?

I feel very fortunate to be able to dedicate my time to doing my art full time. This has been one of my dreams for a long time.

I have been taking this amazing online class: with Alyson Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio!
The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. This is helping me
learn to promote myself as an artist. I first read the book and loved
it. Which took me to her website where I learned about her classes. You
should all check out Alyson’s blog (Click on her name).
We are now
on day sixteen and I have been learning so much about myself, my art
and how to promote it. This class has me so excited that I don’t want
to stop working at night and can’t wait to get up in the morning to
continue. I am so excited about all this that I signed up to take two
art classes at the Fleisher Foundation in Philadelphia:
http://www.fleisher.org. The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, the
nation’s oldest tuition-free art school, is guided by the spirit of its
founder, who first extended an invitation in 1898 for “the world to
come and learn art.” They offer an exciting selection of tuition-free
classes and low-cost workshops for adults and children. Starting next
month I will be participation in an oil painting studio class and a
watercolor class.

The following post was transfered from my original blog site. Thought it would be fun to have it here.
My first blog

by on 1/19/2009 1:15:30 AM

Shape Design

Welcome to my blog. In fact my first blog. I am very excited about it.  I have been taking this amazing online class: with Alyson Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio!: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.


We are now on day nine and I have been learning so much about my art
and how to promote it. This class has me so excited that I don’t want
to stop working at night and can’t wait to get up in the morning to
continue. I have been organizing my office/studio so I know where
everything is. I am working on a new website for my “Fine Art” pieces: And I continue working on my greeting/note cards website. I am also working on another blog. Come and visit!

One of our assignments for the Alyson Stanfield class was to make our
own “Affirmation cards”. I was having so much fun that I ended up
making a whole bunch for different areas of my life.
Here are some of mine:

This is one of my constant affirmations, to stay healthy and walk to
raise money for research. Being a 23 year Breast cancer survivor, I
have been involved with the 3Day 60 mile walk for about 5 years now. I
walked the walk 3 years in a row and will walk again next October. My
Team and I raise a lot of money for Breast Cancer Research. Check it
out in your city: http://www.the3day.org

Here are a few more.

One of the other
things that happened because of this wonderful class is that I signed
up to take two art classes at the Fleisher Foundation in Philadelphia: http://www.fleisher.org/. The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memori
al,
the
nation’s oldest tuition-free art school, is guided by the spirit of
its founder, who first extended an invitation in 1898 for “the world to
come and learn art.” They offer an exciting selection of tuition-free
classes and low-cost workshops for adults and children. Starting in
February I will be participation in an oil painting studio class and a
watercolor class.

8 Responses:

2/3/2009 4:43:35 PM
Alyson B. Stanfield wrote:

Dora, congratulations on your first blog post! I posted a link to this on my blog. Thanks for sharing with the world!

http://www.artbizblog.com/2009/02/blast-off-students-share-affirmations-and-visions.html

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2/4/2009 6:43:28 AM
Julie Brown wrote:

Dora,
I love your affirmation cards. They are very inspiring! I normally just
write my affirmations down on a piece of paper. Boring! How much more
fun it is to see them with charming, colourful drawings. You have
inspired me to do the same. Thank you for sharing!

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2/4/2009 3:40:10 PM
frumi wrote:

I
like the look of your blog. Mine is so boring. and i like the left hand
side listing…its so clean and clear….great stuff i can see why that
woman wrote to you…fc

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2/5/2009 6:22:26 AM
manon doyle wrote:

Hi Dora!
My name is Manon Doyle and I was in the same class as you! Congrats on your new post!! I love your affirmation cards!

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2/6/2009 6:40:53 PM
Lynne Friedman wrote:

Nice work – lots of good luck!
lynnefriedman.blogspot.com

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5/9/2009 6:00:26 PM
Vickie wrote:

This
is impressive for your first post – complete with lnks. I have had a
blog since last fall, and finally figured out how to do the links
TODAY! I have done the 3-day walk too. It rained the first day and
flooded our campsite, so we ended up sleeping in a high school both
nights. I never had a blister during training, but really had them
during the walk. I was a zombie at the end, but never felt better!!!!!
Maybe someday I’ll attempt it again!

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5/10/2009 12:00:32 AM
Dora Ficher wrote:

Hi
Vickie, Thank you for your comment. Actually I have not been using this
blog since I did Alyson’s Blast Off class back in January. So you had
blisters during the walk? That happened to me the 1st year and then I
learned to put lots of “Glide” and “mole skin” so the last 2 walks I
did ok. It is an unbelievable experience! I am a 23 year Breast Cancer
survivor so it means a lot to me to do the walk. Check out the blog I
am using:

http://www.doraficherblog.com

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5/12/2009 10:56:11 AM
Gretchyn Bailey wrote:

Dora,
I love this site. It’s very clean and easy to navigate. And a blog!
I’ll return frequently to see what you have to say…because you always
have something to say! I love love love your affirmation cards! I
particularly like the card showing the supportive people in your life.

Keep going, Dora! :)