We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Raiti and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michael, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
If you find yourself asking if you should give something up it is undoubtedly important enough for you to warrant the moment of consideration. Ultimately only you know if what you’re doing is important to you as a person. The desire to give up in the face of any arduous journey is not unexpected, be it a personal goal like getting fit or trying to pursue a career. Wanting to quit is our brains reaction to pain,

The pain of expectation
The pain of self doubt

And any success we find along the way we forget quickly due to the hedonic adaptation of our brains. Wanting to give up then, should be considered a part of the process and we should forgive ourselves when this moment arises. I myself have had many of these moments and in reflection each of these led to new breakthroughs and discoveries.

However the question I ask myself in these times of doubt is never whether I should give up or not, rather I ponder the question of whats around the corner.

What if the difference of success was just one more day, one more week. How could I give up so close to my goal if I was there?

And so I arrive at my conclusion.

just try one more time,

and any time I find myself back here again I’ll say…Just one more time.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to try and put my love of classical art and story telling into the art I do. I primarily paint digitally, however I also spend a good amount of time working traditionally, I am constantly drawing and painting from life in the never ending journey we artists set ourselves on when we pick up the pencil at a young age and I have arrived where I am today with alot of persistence and patience. I have come to beleive that the creative process never truly gets easy, and undoubtedly my journey so far was not easy, I am now at a place where I can begin to set new goals for myself however, it is still only the spark you have as a child, when you see your first piece of art and think to yourself..”I want to do that”.

It is still ultimately this that you must hold on to as to give you the tenacity to strive forward.

The most important thing is to continue to be curious and have fun asking the questions you need to ask to solve problems, see failures as opportunities to learn new things, and dont get caught up on the idea of talent. Just assume you have it and be on your way.

There is always help out there, the challenges you’re facing might be solved under the next page of a book you read or person you talk to.

Today I am most proud of my pencil series of outdoor sketches, the day I decided to take my sketchbook around outside and draw scenes from life was a time of great growth for me. Each page was like a snapshot of that day in my life. I now have several larger framed pieces and intend to display them with the creation fo a few more.

Ultimatley I hope people can see in my art, a sense of story telling and love of creating, influences of classical art and my impressions of the world around me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I enjoy the area around the NSW gallery in Sydney, you can go look at some art, have a drink at the bar across the road, then take a stroll around the botanic garden and look at the harbour. My faorite spot to sit and draw or paint at lunch is St Marys Cathedral, it is probably the most interesting building the city has.
Other than that you cant go wrong with a walk around Darling harbour. plenty to see and do there.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There were and are many people,books and websites that have been fundamental to my growth as a person and an artist. though to name them all would take pages I will list some notable mentions throughout the years.

Richard Schmidt – His place will be missed in this world, Richard inspired me for many years and I have read his “Alla Prima” books multiple times.

Alan watts – I often come back to the lectures of Alan watts online when work becomes overwhelming to regain a better outlook on things.

John Park – Co founder of the Brainstorm school, John as a mentor was a big part of my growth in my earlier years and gave me a springboard into new insights and paths.

Devin Korwin – Devin is a teacher and artist, he has also published two books on creative fundamentals. Devin has a very logical approach to creative work which I relate to and I value his insights and friendship.

James Choe – James is one of my best friends and the founder of Ex jupiter, we have been friends for almost 9 years and have both grown alot together in that time.

Website: https://www.artstation.com/bigloc

Other: http://www.michaelraiti.com/

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