The story of an artist who became an award-winning author.

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Photo by dan carlson on Unsplash

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold became a multi-award-winning children’s book. The story of a childhood memory, where she spent a hot summer evening with her family on the tar beach roof of their apartment. The narrative was taken straight from her story quilt painting, with additional illustrations by the artist. Faith Ringgold went on to create 16 children’s books, which is quite an accomplishment for a visual artist.

How did this artist become an award-winning writer? Here are four lessons from the story of Faith Ringgold that helped her achieve her creative goals. They could inspire you too.

Don’t give up.

When Faith Ringgold wanted to publish her autobiography, the publisher said no. In fact, none of the publishers were interested in her story. Ringgold however, was not one to listen to the critics, and she was not one to give up. …

Paintings to inspire hope, courage and freedom.

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Hope, original painting, acrylic on linen, 100 x 100cm (photo by author)

What is the colour of hope?

I created this artwork on a Monday, during a difficult season. I was tired, out of art supplies and discouraged, but I had to paint. I had to find what hope felt like to me.

Hope is not accepting things as they are, but having an adamant belief that things will get better.
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“Anyone can fly, all you have to do is try” — Faith Ringgold

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Tar Beach: The painting that became a quilt; With a story that became a children’s book by Faith Ringgold (photo by writer)

Faith Ringgold’s firm belief in life is that anything is possible. This accomplished painter, sculptor, writer and performance artist knows what it means to push through obstacles and overcome difficulties.

Born in 1930, in Harlem, Faith Ringgold grew up in a time when being a black woman artist was an almost impossible pursuit. Her political paintings drew attention to the race riots and dealt with issues of inequality.

Ringgold’s paintings became quilts, that incorporated narrative and turned into children’s books. The secret to her success is easy — just don’t give up. You need courage, endurance, perseverance and give yourself time.

You have the freedom to fly, reach out and take it.

Froyle Davies
I’ve been a visual artist for over 25 years, and now I tell my stories.
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Froyle Davies

Art, Creativity, and Inspiration. Stories to encourage you. Visual artist and hostel manager, living in New Zealand.

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