Friday, November 09, 2012

Take a Positive Punch with your art

Art by delilah
"I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa." Grant Wood

Having read this quote made me think, yes this is so true. Creative ideas seep into the cracks of your mind when you let your thoughts drift.  I keep a note book with me at all time because I have a mind like a steal sieve , if  I don't write it down,sketch it or make some kind of note, I know it with disappear like vapor in the morning sun.

I sometimes go back and read The Creative Habit: Learn and Use it for Life, by Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp"s Book " The Creative Habit: Learn and Use it for Life". Is an excellent read. It targets people who make their living with their creativity regardless of what medium you work in the information is transferable.I recommend this book as part of any creative persons library as a must for staying motivated and showing up at the Muse of your choose daily.She talks about habits and how rituals form our daily lives lead to habits. By changing are habits we can create rituals that lead to more creativity in our lives. New Habits lead us in a more creative direction.I reread this book at least once a year to help keep me focused on whats important to my creative career. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life]]

I really believe that the habits we develop lead to who we are and what we become. I personally have several daily rituals that lead me to more creativity. I start my morning with classical music, a cup of coffee, scented candles, and my journal. My Journal is where I jot down ides,success',goals. This is where I pat myself on the back and say nice job you got so mush done yesterday. It's the way I wake up that Artist Muse in me. The most important ritual I have is showing up at the easel and painting every day. Showing up is the most important creative habit you can have. The rest will come if you are there.

1.)  You don't control all the variables, but you should make an attempt to find out the one's you do control and make use of this.

2.) Make an assessment of what you are actually good at and expand on those things. Make these abilities work for you.

3.) Always be open to learning new skills and information, history, etc, . . . The world is a big place and no one knows everything.

4.) Know what "finished" work looks like. This seems like a "no-brainer", but people often lack the ability to be their own self-editors.

5.) Stay positive, there may be something great just around the corner. You cannot work in a state of panic and expect great results.

Verba volant, scripta manent” is a Latin proverb that means “spoken words fly away, written words remain

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