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.

How To See & Catch The Light: 7 Steps To Confidently Paint Light and Shadows With Color

You’re invited to an special free workshop I’m hosting where I’ll share the 7 step process I use to see and paint light and shadows - without chasing the light, stressing over the composition, or making a dull muddy mess with color.. If you missed this earlier now’s the time to save your seat. You can learn more here and find a time that fits your schedule.

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?

Magnetic Paintings Webinar

How to Use Value, Color, and Composition to Make Magnetic Paintings

You're invited to a special free workshop I’m hosting where I'll share how you can leverage composition, value, and color to make amazing magnetic paintings. If you missed this earlier now's the time to save your seat.  You can learn more here and find a time that fits your schedule.

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.

Come camp with us. We have paint camp coming up September 12th through 15th and I can't think of a better way to refuel your creativity, rejuvenate your creative spirit, and make a whole lot of new art friends.

You can click here  to get all the details.

Creativity Hack #1: Walking, The Creative Reset Button

Creativity Hack #1: Walking, The Creative Reset Button

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Sometimes you just need to hit the creative reset button…

Know what I mean?

Creativity takes a LOT of energy, and sometimes that energy is just gone.

Burned out…

You can’t be creative if your creative well is totally depleted.

I absolutely cannot create when I’m cranky…

You know that feeling, the one people call “being in a bad mood” or “feeling off”.

It usually happens when I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, and I’ve just plain burned myself out.

The truth is you can’t be at the top of your game at the easel or in life if you’ve depleted that creative well.

Here’s one the easiest things that I’ve found that help me to get over and out of myself…

To short-circuit that cranky bad mood and get back in creative mode:

The fastest way I know to reset that creative button is to get outside.

Out into nature.

One of my favorite places is deep in the woods…

Where the sound of cars disappears…

Where there’s no cell signal…

And the loudest noise is the sound of the wind in the trees.

But what if you can’t get to the woods??

In this video I talk about how I find my reset button even if I’m in the middle of the city.

“…the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Creativity Hack #1: Go move your feet. Take a walk. Get outside. Catch some sun.

We humans are designed for movement. But sometimes we forget that!

Which is a shame since it’s one of the best tools on the planet for getting the creative juices flowing.

A recent Stanford University study found people increase their creative output by about 60% while they walk.

AND you don’t have to be doing a power walk.

Strolling…

Ambling…

Rambling…

That sort of walking without a definitive purpose, like exercise or losing weight, actually is more beneficial for creativity.

Doesn’t matter if it’s inside or out…

Although if you’re outside you get the added boost of being in contact with nature.

So go get out there!

Whether it’s to the woods, or the beach, or the mountains, get out and take in some nature.

It’s one of the best ways to get to your peak creative state.

What’s your favorite place to reconnect with nature? Let me know in the comments here.

Happy Painting!
Mary

 

If you are feeling like hitting the reset button, check out PAINT CAMP 2019.

Come camp with us. We have paint camp coming up September 12th through 15th and I can't think of a better way to refuel your creativity, rejuvenate your creative spirit, and make a whole lot of new art friends.

You can click here  to get all the details.

4 Easy Steps for Artists to Avoid Creative Burnout

4 Easy Steps for Artists to Avoid Creative Burnout

Thank you for joining me here in my outdoor office for the day.  I want to talk a little bit about burnout.

We’ve all been there.

You know that feeling where you just are not inspired by what’s on the easel, what’s in your head, what’s in your mind? Nothing’s coming easy.

Well, hold on, I’ve got some ideas for you.

Step number one, step away from the easel. Put down the paintbrush. Sometimes actually continuing to paint is not the answer. Instead, I’ve got some other ideas for you. I want you to remember that when you’re painting, you need to draw from your creative well from your imagination, from the sort of creative juice that drives art. And if you don’t have any inspiration, if you’re running dry, you’ve got to recharge that well. So the first thing to do is to step away from the easel, step out of the studio.

And if nothing else, at least take a walk. That’s one reason I’m out here today is I needed to get out of the office and away from the computer and away from the studio. So step away. Go take a walk at the very least, take a walk. Another thing you can do, you can go read some books on artists. So even if you can’t get to a museum or a gallery, which is, or another really good idea we’re going to talk about, think about pulling out one of those books, probably one of your favorite artists. Get a little inspired looking at art and art books by your favorite artists can really help replenish that creative juice.

Number two, go look at some real art. Again, you got to get out of the studio. You’ve got to go feed that. Well, go to a museum, go to a gallery, go to a friend’s studio, but go look at some real paintings. Look at the texture, look at the color, look at the surface.

Number three is to try something totally different. Step away from art altogether. Either train or try something out in a different medium than you’re used to using. So for example, if you’re an oil painter, try watercolor. Try gouache, try pastels, or try something totally separate from art. Think about something like surfing, horseback riding. Another activity that will take you out of yourself. That’s a passion that can fuel your creative fire.

And number four, which I think is really one of the most important ones, find a community of artists because nothing that I can think of will refuel. You regenerate your creativity and light your creative spark, like being in the company of other creative souls. So get out there and find your community. Where do you go to find those folks? Well, you can go to your local art guilds. You can go to your local art museum. You can go online to a Facebook group like our ART+WORK+LIVING free Facebook group.

Or you can come away with us.

Come camp with us. We have paint camp coming up September 12th through 15th and I can’t think of a better way to refuel your creativity, rejuvenate your creative spirit, and make a whole lot of new art friends.

You can click here  to get all the details.

Happy Painting, y’all!