3 Liberating Truths that Kill the Myth of the Starving Artist

3 Liberating Truths that Kill the Myth of the Starving Artist

Paulo Coelho: “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: NEVER LIE TO YOURSELF.”

So…what’s a liberating truth? It’s the opposite of a limiting belief.

If a limiting belief holds you back, a liberating truth sets you free. That liberating truth allows you to reframe the lie that keeps you stuck.

The Starving Artist Myth

You can’t make any money making art.

Successful artists get there because they were lucky.

Real artists don’t make money from their work. Making money is selling out.

So we need to release that stereotype of the starving artist suffering for the sake of her work.
 
There are actually many artists out there with thriving successful careers. Online art sales in 2018 were estimated at $6 billion.  
 
Share your work regularly and you’ll attract an audience. When you share your work regularly you will build an audience you can serve. Compelling art comes from showing up regularly and painting. Creativity is a gift we have a responsibility to share.
 
Making art to make an impact. Use the money you make from your art to make more art and have a greater impact. Remember there are as many definitions of success as there are artists.

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Creativity Hack #7: Follow Your Curiosity

Creativity Hack #7: Follow Your Curiosity

Follow Your Curiosity
A strong driving force can be a great motivator to creativity. But some of them I hear talked about are not going to work as well as others. Market vs. Passion. Which should you pick?

So here are the two drivers I hear about the most
For the market – painting what you think people want   
Problem: it lacks passion or the emotional connection
For the passion – painting what you’re deeply passionate about
Problem: what if you don’t feel super passionate about anything!?!
To paraphrase Elizabeth Gilbert, we won’t feel passionate all the time every day. But we will feel curiosity everyday.
For curiosity – painting what you find intriguing, what excites you
Curiosities are the markers along the path to finding your deeper passions.
Practice Self Awareness
Signs of Curiosity:
  • A racing mind
  • Absorbs your conversations
  • Makes your heart race
  • You feel excitement
Journaling or sketching are great ways to start seeing the patterns around what captures your curiosity so that you can recognize the early signs, what sets off your curiosity radar. 
Look for:
  • What sparks it.
  • Patterns that cross over different subjects.
Focus on the ones that feel most compelling, that spark a sense of play.
This is how you create deeply compelling paintings rather than just technically good ones.
That’s the second stage of the painters path, the inner game of painting, the creative living that leads to compelling paintings that emotionally engage your audience.
And how you’ll find your ideal collectors, the people who share similar curiosities, the work of the final stage of that path.
We’ll be opening the doors the my signature course, THE PAINTER’S PATH, soon, but first I want to invite you to my free live online workshop that starts Wednesday, October 2nd at 4pm Eastern. 

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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?

We’re gearing up for a new free live workshop starting next week called The Rise of the Thriving Artist. If you’d like to join us, be sure to sign up to my email list to get notified. See you there!

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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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