This one goes out to all those young creatives or those creatives young at heart! I have been creating art since I was able to hold a crayon. I was told that at 2/3 years old I had incredibly developed fine motor skills. This means I had developed finger muscles and hand-eye-brain coordination that showed signs of artistic talent. I was naturally good at meticulous coloring in my coloring books and understood color theory and how colors worked together. I slept with my crayons and coloring book so when I wake up I could color before breakfast. Crayons were my best friends.
I am sharing some great advice I have learnt over the years from crayons and coloring books at my bedside to professional paints and framed masterpieces in the best exhibitions, to keep you on your toes as a creative:
1. BE CONSISTENT
Nothing great was created in one day.
Every master was once a beginner.
The best of the best in the creative industries became the best because they worked on their craft. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard enough. You need to work consistently and make it your life mission to become better at your craft. You could be a great painter but a blank canvas isn’t going to get painted until you decide to get up and paint it, so get up and paint it!
You need to have patience with yourself and the creative process. It takes time and work to master a skill with a particular tool or material such as charcoal figure drawings or watercolor techniques and layering of colors to capture light and movement.
Here are some of my drawing and paintings from 20 years ago to today! You can see the grow in my approach to art and painting as the years went by.
2. CREATE AUTHENTIC ART
“I wish you all the success because you put so much heart and soul into your art!” she said.
I had not realized this to be honest because I was creating what inspired me and not thinking too much about it. A great master artist once said, “don’t think about, don’t try to figure it out; just do it.” That was his explanation for his creative process and I can connect with this. You need to find and create what inspires you.
I bet you have fleeting thoughts, wishes or some ideas swirling around in your head. The hardest part is getting out of your heard and stop theorizing the technical things and concepts and actually do it. Create it. Put it out there and the the practical process of doing and creating will allow it to work out. Create art that you feel connected to because it is translated unconsciously into the color choices, brush strokes and the overall magic of the art work. If you connect to it, people will connect to it. They will feel the magic in it.
3. FAIL AND MAKE A MESS OF THINGS
“You never know unless you try,’ they say.
Experiment and discover new things. Doing is a form of learning as a creative. It helps to push the boundaries of your comfort zone. It can be messy. It can be magical. It can be both. It can be either or. It can be neither nor. Always try different ideas, styles and materials. Creatives thrive on variation and dynamism so go for it!
The greatest of anything in the world involve a messy part; a prototype, failed experiments, trial and error, research, analysis, evaluation. So do not be afraid that something does not work out. It is never time wasted if you have learnt something from the experience. Time wasted is time spent overthinking and wishing instead of doing!
4. STUDY ART HISTORY
Art history will change your life.
Study the greatest masters and why they became great. Their techniques, concepts and creative processes will be inspiring. Good artists copy. Great artists steal. (Don’t plagiarize!) Copying is a way of learning (but give credit to the original creative!) The wheel was already invented. Don’t reinvent the wheel but take the wheel and make it glow in the dark and have it project moving graphics. Find inspiration in the works of the masters and or people you have found whose artistic style you connect to. Learn from their works.
5. GO ONLINE
It’s 2020! Create an online presence and put your work out there! Yes I know it may be scary but start with ONE post, ONE blog, ONE painting, ONE video. The best way to start is to START with ONE. Crossing that bridge is the hardest part but always start small. Build an online portfolio of works so people would get to know you and what you do. Use multiple platforms and social media to leverage engagement and interaction. Engage and connect with people around you and around the world. It will change your life and inspire you!
Here are some of my social media that are used for different things such as portfolios, my store and behind the scenes of my creative endeavors.
Check out my portfolios of over 1000 creations! Follow, like and share!
Go outside, close your laptop, put away your phone and PLAY. Play that piano, play with paint, play with words, play with your craft. Playing helps you to discover or re-discover new things, old things, unknown things. It is a magical process. Picasso did say, ‘every child is an artist. The only problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” So my advice is to approach your craft like a child; have fun and play. Be curious, inventive and imaginative. If it helps you, talk to a kid who would more than be happy and willing to share their imagination with you. Find inspiration in that.
Do you feel inspired and connected to this advice? What are your thoughts?
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