Creativity Hack #2: A Space of Your Own

Creativity Hack #2: A Space of Your Own

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.

Walking: The Creative Reset Button

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!

 

5 Actionable Tips for Getting More Engaged Followers

5 Actionable Tips for Getting More Engaged Followers

There’s a secret sauce for making sales on Instagram…

and it’s not as complicated or difficult as you might be thinking.

We’ve been talking all things Instagram this month in my online membership community (The ART+WORK+LIVING Community Membership) and this is one of the biggest questions I get.

“How I find customers or clients for my art using Instagram?”

That secret sauce, the magical key…

It’s engagement.

It’s building an engaged audience.

It’s engaging with your audience.

People buy based on emotion, not logic. So if you build a relationship and connect with them…

Really CONNECT…

They’re 10x more likely to buy when you have something to offer.

Taking action on these 5 things will get you on your way to finding and building that engaged following.

1. Post With A Plan and Post Once a Day

2. Add a Zingy Bio

3. Hashtag With Precision

4. Post in Instagram Stories

5. Talk to People

Now pat yourself on the back! Well done!

Want to review the Instagram Essentials?

Discover Instagram for Artists: Essentials for Getting Started

If you’re a member of the paid ART+WORK+LIVING Membership, don’t forget that we’ve got a 7 Day Instagram Engagement Challenge running in the membership. Log in and get started!

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The Top 5 Mistakes Artists Make on Instagram

The Top 5 Mistakes Artists Make on Instagram

Want to know how to avoid the 5 biggest mistakes I see artists make on Instagram?

You’re in the right place.

We’ve been talking all things Instagram this month in my online membership community (The ART+WORK+LIVING Community Membership) and one of the biggest questions I get is “Can I really find customers or clients for my art using Instagram?”

The short answer is: OH HECK YEAH. It ABSOLUTELY is possible.

Steering clear of these 5 mistakes will get you set up for success.

1. Overthinking the “grid”/thinking it’s all about the perfect image.

2. Posting bad photos.

3. Posting sporadically or posting too often. Both will hurt your reach.

4. Agonizing over their number of followers.

5. Not having a plan for moving your followers off of Instagram to your email list or website.

 

Now pat yourself on the back! Well done!

Ready for the next step?

Discover 5 Actionable Tips for Getting More Engaged Followers

If you’re a member of the paid ART+WORK+LIVING Membership, don’t forget that we’ve got a 7 Day Instagram Engagement Challenge running in the membership. Log in and get started!

Not a member yet? Learn more here.