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.
“Believe firmly in yourself; never ever doubt that you will make it: that's crucial.” Vera LP Cauwenberghs
“Advice that someone gave me a few years ago. Find a subject / style that YOU love and do a LOT of it. It makes you a better artist and if some likes your artwork they will want to see more similar artwork.” Robin Wiesneth
For more valuable tips, check out the entire post.
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.
"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.
Add more light to your studio by pulling
up the shades, removing the window curtains or investing in an OttLite. The
latter offers artists the ability to see the true colors in their art work and
clear details. The light also reduces glare and eyestrain. I have been using an
OttLite for many years for painting, bead embroidery and reading.
When was the last time you changed your Inspiration
Board? If you look at the same images day after day, they soon blend into the
background – and become unnoticed. A revamp of your board may improve your
focus and increase your creativity. Surrounding yourself with images and
objects that have positive associations can also stir up happy and soothing
feelings. As you can see, I just redid my own Inspiration Board.
.Clear the clutter from your art table
and room and you’ll feel more calm, organized and in control. If you can’t
devote an entire day to clutter control, set aside ten minutes each day to tidy
up your studio.
Depending on your individual
preferences, set a tranquil or energized atmosphere with your favorite music
Create a comforting ambiance with soft
cozy chairs, pillows and thick rugs.
Paint your walls in your favorite color.
Scientists claim that creative tasks are performed most successfully when
people are surrounded by blue walls. I think that wall color may depend on the
individual. I function best and feel calmer when my walls are white.
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.
What does Art have to do with Spring Cleaning? Well, I like to declutter my home when the Spring season arrives. I was in the middle of cleaning when I came upon this box filled with old copies of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine. (I do hope Mary publishes this magazine again.)
I began leafing through the magazines. Soon, I quickly became engrossed in the inspiring articles and photographs. I had always enjoyed the magazine's stories about artists and their studios. Before I knew it, I was coming up with some new ideas for my own art work.
Why not take some time to dig into the boxes in your attic, basement or storage area. Check out those overstuffed drawers and cupboards in your home too. Your next idea for an awesome art project may be only a few boxes away.
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.
“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.
Start giving your ideas and dreams a chance. – In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Most of the time you just have to go for it! And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win.
Start believing that you’re ready for the next step. – You are ready! Think about it. You have everything you need right now to take the next small, realistic step forward. So embrace the opportunities that come your way, and accept the challenges – they’re gifts that will help you to grow.
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.
Search the Web and
Google Images for historicaland contemporary fashion styles. Study color
combinations, patterns, fabric textures and costume style. Attempt to
incorporate some of the ideas you find into your own mixed-media art projects. The Fashion-Era site contains 885
content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions
and Social History.
Check out Style and
Design blogs to keep up with the newest trends, leading edge ideas and upcoming
fashions and interior design. These trends usually eventually trickle down to
the art world. As you study these different styles and designs, try to adapt
them to your own art work.
Take a trip to
the downtown area of your nearest city. Study the architecture of historical
buildings – and make some quick sketches or take photographs. No time for a
trip downtown? Check out books on architecture in
your town library – or your own personal library. Pay attention to the shapes, forms and
decorative details of the buildings. Can you make an assemblage art piece based on the
buildings that you admire?
Poke around in Flea Markets and Thrift Shops looking for vintage fabrics, old
photographs, retro jewelry, metal findings, unique china, old board games,
puzzles and ephemera. Later, decide how you can incorporate these finds into a
new art piece.
The next time
that you reach for your breakfast cereal, check out the packaging design on the
box. Seriously, you can learn a lot from studying the package design on the
food products, or other items, that you purchase. Rummage through your refrigerator
or cupboards and see what ideas you can come up with. Create a collage with the
designs that call your name.
Traveling to new destinations can jumpstart your
creative juices. Plan a day trip, a long weekend or a vacation if you can fit
it in. Tourist spots near your home can offer inspiration if you visit them as
if you were seeing the attractions for the first time. For example, I live near Colonial Williamsburg. Simply
walking around the manicured grounds helps me gain new insights and a
heightened sense of awareness. Revisiting areas that you haven’t been to in
years may offer you a fresh perspective too. Snap some photos,
purchase a bunch of local area postcards for later review - or make a few quick sketches.
These tactics may help fuel some innovative artistic ideas for your next art studio
Vintage children’s picture books are often
filled with amazing visual art that can inspire your own work. Do study the
illustrations but also check out unusual typography; use of color and fonts. Find these old books at used book
stores, thrift shops, antique stores, your local library, Google Books or online stores
(e.g., Abe Books). I especially like collecting children’s picture books from the
1920's and 1930's.
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.