So I was reading this business-focused, Forbes article on Five Questions To Ask Yourself Every Morning To Advance Your Career written by Jason DeMers when the following paragraph really resonated with me:
"What Did I Learn From Yesterday? No matter how simple or complex your day was, you must have learned something. Did you master a new skill or learn a new process?.... Did you have an experience that will help you in future, similar situations? Find at least one thing that you learned from the previous day and consider it."
"On one level, this is going to help you reinforce the new ideas and skills that come to you on a daily basis. On another level, it’s going to help you look for new opportunities to learn. Since you know you’ll be asking yourself this question, you’ll be driven to force yourself to learn something new every day, and you’ll therefore be improving yourself every day."
Although the article is targeted to people in the corporate world, I really believe the point of Learning from Yesterday can apply to artists as well.
Why not begin to ask yourself every day: What Did You Learn from Yesterday?
According to Vyoma Nupur, "The best ideas tiptoe to the forefront in times of silence, when the receding tide of turbulent thoughts allow them to materialize into coherence." Check out the complete post.
I believe in the sacredness of silence especially for artists and writers. In fact, I just began using the Calm app available on Apple and Googleplay.
Reading these posts will surely inject your weekend with inspiration and new ideas. Read one post now and the others later. Or binge on creativity and read them all now. Be sure to keep a notebook handy while you read.
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I like - and agree - with what he says about the habit of reading: "Reading the right book at the right time can help us spark an idea for a project, guide us toward the exact solution we need for a problem, or otherwise inspire or motivate us when it matters most."
I've always been voracious reader ever since I was a child. In fact, I'm usually reading three or four books at any one time. I'm not counting the reading I do on my laptop or iPad.
For more details, check out the complete post. How about you? Do you have a reading habit?
Take a few minutes to check out the complete post. It's a good read.
I'm continuing to sort out my collage materials, ephemera and paper files. Today I came across some past magazine columns written by Terri Trespicio.
The columns, 10 Thoughts on Whole Living, appeared in the now defunct Whole Living magazine produced by Martha Stewart. I always enjoyed reading Terri's inspiring words. Here are some of my favorites from those columns:
Most of these quotes can easily apply to artists.
Terri Trespicio is a writer, lifestyle and relationship expert and media personality. Check out Terri's blog for more details.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I especially like posts/articles on Creativity. Here are two inspirational sources you may also enjoy:
What's a Mash-Up? According to Fraley:
"Mash-Ups, put simply, are combinations. In innovation work, the desire in doing a Mash-Up is to get to that wonderful fresh snow of new thinking. It’s new thinking that creates new products and services.......Mash-Ups can indeed get you to that elusive fresh thinking that leads to innovative solutions."
Although the article is primarily targeted to the business world, I believe artists will find specific nuggets of information to help them come up with new ideas for their art - and art business. Be prepared - the post is quite long. But you can always read it in short segments.
Follow Your Fascination:
"If you find yourself fascinated by a new idea, chances are good that there's something meaningful about it for you to consider. Fascination, quite simply, is nature's way of getting our attention........ It's an indication that we are being called. Out of the thousands of ideas with the power to capture our imagination, the felt fascination for one of them is a clue that there's something worthy of our engagement."
What new ideas will you come up with this weekend?
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When I’m looking for inspiration, many times I’ll check out Pinterest or Google a specific art topic. However, I frequently overlook the idea that quick inspiration is only a few steps away in my own home. Here’s where I find inspiration at home:
Note: A few years ago, I completed the above paintings of trees. Now I can see that adding some darker values to the painting would enhance it.
Where do you find inspiration?
Do you have a specific style of painting? Are you trying to develop a unique painting style?
Then you might like this post on How to Develop a Personal Painting Style written by Marion-Boddy-Evans.. The article includes tips from artists on creating a identifiable painting style. Here are two tips that caught my interest:
"The best way to develop a style is to do a lot of painting. Certain themes will occur over and over, perhaps favorite colors or shading will begin creeping into your work. Just like handwriting, unless you happen to be a robot, you will develop a style.
Whatever you do, do not try to copy anyone else's work. To do so is a disservice to the art world. Too much art tries to copy someone else's. Life is too short to not be original!" ~Eric
Since I talked about ideas yesterday, I thought a post on Ideas for Generating Ideas written by Nate Williams was appropriate. Here are a couple of points that stuck with me:
For more details on Nate's process, read the complete post.
October is nearly over but our Endless Summer Hydrangea are still blossoming here in North Carolina.
Come Winter, I will miss their beautiful blooms.
Our two Shih Tzu, Tia and Teddie, love to play with toys as big as them. They easily run around the house carrying their big softies with them. Here's Teddie all tuckered out after doing battle with his new toy.
I'm sure that many of you have heard of - or practiced - the ritual of choosing a single word that represents what you most want to work on in a particular year. My word for 2014 is: Focus.
The author suggests choosing three words instead of one - and even offers some word suggestions. Check out the post - and then decide if three words might just be the magic number for you.
Dream Bank Deposit Slip created by Marcia Wieder
In my files, I came across an article written by Marcia Wieder, Founder and CEO of Dream University.
Marcia urged readers to ACT on a WOW. She says, "A dream without a plan is a fantasy. Action and accountability make it real. Commit to a WOW (Within One Week) Action Step. Use the Dream Bank Deposit Slip to make a written agreement with yourself."
Check out the Library on Marcia's site for more inspiration. What Action Step will you commit to?
Via 99u, I came across this inspiring article about Austin Kleon: Inertia Is the Antithesis of Creativity written by Jocelyn K. Glei.
Here are three quotes from Kleon which really resonated with me:
So what do you think? Are you utilizing all of your passions in your day-to-day life? What are you doing with those small spaces of time in your life?
In search of some Inspiration? Check out these ten TED Talks collectively called The Creative Spark. You can hear creative thinkers share ideas, strategies and warmhearted encouragement to help release your genius out.
Listen to these Talks while you paint and enhance your creative environment.
Image from Artpromotivate site
Here are two quotes that I especially liked:
For more valuable tips, check out the entire post.
Today I came across this inspiring Good Life Project "Living Creed" from Jonathan Fields:
Like this? Learn to build a better life at Good Life Project.
Is your Artistic Self in need of a shot of Inspiration? Then check out this post on Dealing With Rejection For Cartoonists and Artists which can be found on Bill Abbott's Humorous Art Blog.
I especially like Bill's Fire & Forget Strategy. Here's the details of the strategy in his own words:
"One of the methods I use to keep my head screwed on straight with regard to rejection, is a term I’ve borrowed from the military, Fire and Forget. I fire off my submissions, forget them and move straight into creating the best work for submitting again in the next round. When rejection comes as it always does, I seek information on how to improve or when to resubmit. With Fire and Forget, I’m too busy setting up for tomorrow to worry about what I did yesterday, and how others reacted to it."
Make sure you read Bill's entire post so that you're ready to positively deal with any artistic rejection in the future. BTW, you'll also enjoy his very funny cartoons.
I subscribe to Sam Harrison's inspirational Speaking of Ideas e-newsletter list. Harrison is a speaker, writer and coach on creativity-related topics. His mission is: Helping People Express and expand their Creativity.
This week's newsletter topic asks readers: Are You Stopping Too Soon with Ideas?
Here is Harrison's view on the topic in his own words: "We often need to go past obvious, expected answers. Likewise, we usually need to keep going and dig deeper when we're coming up with ideas for projects. Otherwise, we'll tend to have predictable solutions and ordinary ideas."
"When facing a new project, try putting aside the first idea that pops in your head. That's likely the same idea everyone else would have. And it may be the same idea you've already used for similar situations. Instead, keep going. Brainstorm by yourself or with others to find fresh ideas and bolder solutions. When we go past the ordinary, we move toward the extraordinary!"
Check out Harrison's Web site, ZingZone, for more information about him and his books. I'm sure you'll come away inspired.
You might also be interested in this article written by Harrison: Putting Lines Around Ideas.
I recently discovered the site (Seanwes) of Sean McCabe who is a Hand Lettering Artist, Type Designer, Illustrator and Musician.
I like what she says in her post entitled Beyond the First Idea:
"As designers, it’s our job to pursue a unique direction that effectively enables the project to stand apart. The quickest way to get to this point is to hurry up and have that first idea. Once you’ve got it, throw it out. Completely toss your first idea. If you can do this, you’re one step closer to making something distinctive and notable."
I believe her suggestion could also be applied to mixed-media art projects. What do you do with your first ideas for art projects?
Read the rest of Sean's post andcCheck out the other interesting articles on her site.
In the past, I've highlighted posts from other blogs on Jumpstarting Your Art Career.
Here's another article, from professional artist Lori McNee who is founder of Fine Art Tips, entitled, How to Jump Start Your Art Career. You will surely find a plethora of valuable tips in Lori's post that you can use to promote your own art career.
Here are a few ideas from Lori that I especially like:
Are you ready to kick your creativity up a notch? Then begin making some changes to your Art Studio.
What changes will you make to your Art Studio today?
Let's say that you're out for your morning walk and a creative idea for an art project suddenly appears in your mind. And darn - you don't have a pencil or paper. You decide to note the idea down in your journal as soon as you arrive home. It's such a novel breakthrough - You won't forget it.
But when you come home - the idea is gone - floating around in the atmosphere somewhere - out of reach. Does this ever happen to you? Then check out these articles for tips on capturing your ideas.
How do you capture your ideas?
Today, I was trolling around the Web specifically looking for information on creating real world Inspiration Boards. During my search, I came across the following interesting posts on the About.comPainting site. I'm always amazed at how the lure of countless subjects and sites on the Internet can take a person down so many different browsing paths.
Regardless, there is some good information in these posts so take a few minutes to check them out.
In Bernadette Jiwa's book, Make Your Idea Matter: Stand Out with a Better Story, she offers Twenty Ways to Nurture Your Ideas.Here are five of my favorite suggestions from Jiwa's list:
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I'm always seeking information on enhancing creativity, innovation - and increasing ideas. I came across a post entitled How to Consistently Come Up with Great Ideas written by Tapha Ngum on the LifeHack site.
Tapha offers an insightful quote from Steve Jobs:
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”
Tapha suggests a step-by-step process for consistent idea generation. I like Step 4 in the process.
Every day, challenge yourself to create an idea quota. Take about 45 minutes to an hour and do nothing but write down ideas related to the area that you have chosen to work on. If it’s ideas for generating innovative blog posts, come up with 50 ideas on unique blog posts within that time frame.
Don’t judge the ideas. Just write them down. Do this task consistently for about ten days. After the ten days are up, analyze your lists and choose the ten best ideas. Check out Tapha's post for more details.
I believe this Idea Quota tool could also work when you want to come up with new ideas for mixed-media art projects.
I especially liked these two points:
Take a few minutes now to read the complete post. Then later, poke around the rest of their site for more inspiration - and informative tidbits.
Need a little jolt of artistic inspiration? Then take a look at these ideas – and challenge yourself to start making marvelous and magnificent art today.
Make sure you capture all of the inspiring sources that you do find during these exercises in your Art Journal, sketchbook, hard drive or on Pinterest. Then begin to create inspiring art today.
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