Creativity Hack #6: Share Your Gifts

Creativity Hack #6: Share Your Gifts

I’ve heard all sorts of “reasons” from artists about why they don’t share their work.

Fear of failure.
Fear of looking ridiculous.

Fear that their work isn’t good enough.

That they’re too young.

Or too old.

I’m going to give you some tough love. And this goes for all of you out there. Artist or not.

We are all creative beings. We’ve all, I mean ALL, been given a creative gift.

And when you’ve been given a gift if comes with a responsibility.

If you’re not sharing it with the world out of a limiting belief or fear, then you’re not living up to a responsibility you have to the world around you.

A gift is a responsibility. You owe it to the world.

And if you feel the call to paint, that’s your creative gift.

That responsibility is to share your work with the world.

It’s why you are here.

To make an impact on the world.

Who are you to hide your gift from the world.

One of the common false beliefs I hear about artists selling their work is that they’re afraid too.

Afraid that no one will value it.

That people will complain about the price.

That taking money for your paintings (or anything else you’ve made for that matter) is selling out.

When you tell yourself that selling your work for money is selling out, you’re holding back.

You’re denying someone who needs it the ability to have it.

Who are you to hide your gift from the world.

Who do you have to be to live into that gift?

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Creativity Hack #5: The Power of Doing Nothing

Creativity Hack #5: The Power of Doing Nothing

Daydream. Unplug. Get away. Be bored.

Doing absolutely nothing is a huge reset button for creativity.

Easier said than done though.

Today we’re going to be talking about the importance of spending time doing nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

Our culture rewards busyness and hustle even though they’re not necessarily productive. So we can catch some flack from others for visibly taking the time to do nothing.

And we give ourselves a whole lot of criticism for taking a break.

One key tool in using the power of doing nothing is to learn to say NO. Saying NO helps to create more space.

No to others whose requests aren’t in alignment with where we are or the time we have.

And No to ourselves about doing more and filling every waking hour.

By giving the brain downtime, we give it a rest, and our ideas the space to incubate.

Letting go of control and doing nothing gives our subconscious the space to work out solutions for us.

The idea that comes out of the blue. Inspiration. All come from letting our subconscious
do some of the heavy lifting.

So take some time this weekend to sit and be. DO nothing.

Quiet your mind.

Be still.

Listen.

Watch and observe.

And create space for your creativity to flourish.

Creativity is one leg of the three-legged stool that makes for a thriving, sustainable painting practice and business. It’s the inner game that leads to success in the outer games of painting and business.

What are you going to let go of so you have the time to do nothing?

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Creativity Hack #4: Look For The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

Creativity Hack #4: Look For The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Don’t wait to find the perfect subject. There’s no such thing as the “perfect” subject. Just paint.

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Get started with the world right in front of you.

Cultivate deep seeing and close observation.

Look for the beauty in the ordinary.

Then your gift is helping other people see the beauty that already exists in their own worlds.

 

Here’s the link to the blog mentioned – How to Fall in Love with Where You Are.

 

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Creativity Hack #3: Meet Inspiration Halfway

Creativity Hack #3: Meet Inspiration Halfway

When inspiration doesn’t come, I go halfway to meet it.
~ Sigmund Freud

Inspiration isn’t an act of divine genius.

It comes from the small daily acts that move us along in the creative process.

Inspiration arrives in the quiet moments when you’re doing mundane tasks…

From simply showing up to do the work.

Don’t wait around for inspiration to happen before you start to paint.

Here are some simple steps to meet inspiration half way:

1- Show up on a consistent basis

2- When feeling uninspired, do some of the repetitive tasks that set you up for creativity.

3- Detach from the outcome and put play back in to your process. Play leads to inspired action.

What are you doing to invite inspiration into your work?

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Creativity Hack #2: Studio Is A State Of Mind

Creativity Hack #2: Studio Is A State Of Mind

Studio is a state of mind.

One of the keys to developing your own painting practice (or any creative practice for that matter) is creating a space of your own to work in – both a physical and mental/emotional space.

Lots of people get all hung up on the physical art studio space.

Don’t let that get in your way!

It can be a physical space to work could be located away from your home, a room in your home, or even just a table in the corner of a family room.

So what to do if you don’t even have a corner where you can leave your materials out? (cause of small children/pets and such)…

Make your space a certain time frame that’s devoted just to your work.

And organize your materials so they’re easy to set up and put away.

Don’t be stopped from making by waiting for the perfect space or the perfect time.

Just get started.

Now.

Because “now” is what we have.

Studio is a state of mind.

Having a discipline actually sets creativity free. And the studio as state of mind is one of the first steps in creating that discipline or framework.

If you’d like to develop studio as state of mind I’d love for you to join me for Paint Camp 2019, Sept 12 – 15 at Kanuga Retreat Center just outside of Asheville in the beautiful NC mountains.

By the end of the retreat, campers will have a new framework for working through artists’ block, creating a painting practice where they can work confidently in flow – either inside or out in nature, and have a set of quick tools to reset their creativity when they’re feeling uninspired.

You can find more information here.

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