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 #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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Creativity Hack #1: Walking, The Creative Reset Button

Creativity Hack #1: Walking, The Creative Reset Button

tall pines detail painting

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.

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