Showing Your Work as a Creative Process

 

Do Not Go Gentle, acrylic, 40x30, (c) 2011

An opportunity to show your work… is an opportunity to be creative. At the very least, showing your work is a way to acknowledge your creativity. That may sound like artist’s ego talking. Probably is. AND I believe that acknowledging your own creativity — affirming it, celebrating it, shouting it from the rooftops — is essential for an artist’s growth.

My creativity has felt a little stagnant lately, and one of the missing elements is not interacting with my work by putting it on public display. Selecting and arranging my art for an exhibit inherently involves taking a close look at my “babies” and giving them my own stamp of approval: This or that piece deserves the honor of being shown.

No matter how hard I am on myself — and I tend to be my toughest critic — when I enter a show, I have to engage with the work and discover something worthwhile. I have to admit that I LIKE this or that painting (or jewelry) enough to show it. I have to wire the painting, add a price card. I have to submit photos to the exhibit organizers. Most often, I have to pay for the privilege of publically saying I like these creations of mine.

As a stimulus to my creative process, choosing to enter an art exhibit is priceless! I’m in a show this weekend (see below for the “commercial” — you’re invited!). I can’t wait to see what happens next in my studio.

Happy creating — Linda

P.S. Houston art lovers — You’re invited to “Visions of Artists Alive and Well” on Saturday, 1/21, 1-5PM, at JoMar Visions, 902 Hardy Street. I have 7 pieces in the show, including my most recent work, “Do Not Go Gentle…” and “Vortices” (triptych), plus prints and clearance items. See you there! — Linda

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Expand Your Creativity – Gratitude

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend — filled with the 4Fs of any holiday — family, friends, food and FUN. If you’re feeling reluctant to get back to the studio on Monday — welcome to the club! Me, too.

One suggestion to ease the transition from Holiday Play to High-powered Performance: Stop for a moment and remember all you had (and have) to be grateful for in your creative life. Not just the routine things you might have thought of or even shared around the Thanksgiving table, but the special things that make YOU the Creative Genius you are! Your unique sense of color, proportion and style. The feeling of your favorite brush in your hand. The lovely texture of that canvas or paper you’ll soon be christening with paint. The amazing painting or sculpture you just finished, started or dreamed up in your sleep last night.

Be grateful for every drop of creativity you posess, and every aspect of your life that supports you in manifesting and sharing that creativity.

Now get back to… Happy Creating! — Linda

Keeping in Touch with Creativity – Abundance

"Do Not Go Gentle..." (c) 2011

I don’t believe anyone has to “starve” or “struggle” to become an artist. Not that challenges and setbacks don’t feed who we are – and therefore feed our creativity. But we don’t have to take on those tough times as the core of who we are.

When I became an artist, I took a stand against perceiving myself as a “struggling artist” – even if it might seem true to the casual observer. To me, the opposite of the starving or struggling artist is the artist who’s alive and well – the artist who focuses on abundance wherever it occurs in her life, even if that’s only in a small corner.

In my opinion, even an artist whose work is dark needs a healthy dose of the abundance attitude. How can you create if you believe your own well of life is about to run dry?

I’m far more likely to create when I’m feeling strong and alive, rather than when I’m mired in negative feelings or debilitated by toxic circumstances that I’ve focused on. And what I focus on is entirely up to me.

As an abundant artist:

  • I choose to focus on seeing myself as talented and ever-growing, rather than on nitpicking my work to death. The worst painting I’ve ever made had something good about it and was far better than not creating at all.
  • I share about my art positively and enthusiastically. I don’t waste energy undermining my work or comparing myself negatively to others, especially in public!
  • I revel in the passion and joy that sustains me, rather than dwelling on the effort of finding a market for my art, developing a reputation or even capturing my own style on canvas. If I stopped to think about when I’ll sell the next piece, I’d stop at the studio door.

Do I maintain my abundance attitude consistently – or even daily? Not by a long shot. But that’s my goal. That’s one reason I started this blog – to help myself and other artists think, feel and act more abundantly. When I’m do that, my creativity soars.

“Turn the great energy of your thinking upon ‘plenty’ ideas and you will have plenty regardless of what men about you are saying or doing.” – Charles Fillmore

What keeps you feeling abundant and abundantly creative as an artist?

Happy creating – Linda

Keeping the Creative Juices Flowing – Priorities

Several years ago, after I’d been away from my artwork for a few months — due to a broken ankle and a very involving personal growth project — I got back on track by following an active online artists group and reading a popular creativity book. At the time, I wrote in my old blog: “Now I’m feeling like an artist again (or even moreso) and ready to keep creating. I love the way I can get caught up in drawing and lose track of the time and effort involved — there is no effort when I’m really into it….I’ve got a whole new appreciation for seeing what I’m trying to draw and for composing the drawing.”

At the time, I felt like my creative juices were in full flood and unstoppable. In reality, of course, I know they can be stopped by a wide variety of distractions — personal problems, work-related overload, getting busy with other projects, the holidays, etc., etc. The bottom line is PRIORITIES — setting them and keeping them set. Being willing to put my creative time first on my lengthy to-do list.

I’m still mastering the fine art of prioitizing my life around my art career, as opposed to shoehorning my art career into my life. I love it when I feel like an artist and get so caught up in a project that I lose track of time. It just doesn’t happen often enough.

What I want to know is this: How do YOU manage to keep yourself on track for creativity, despite the distractions, interruptions and other temptations that can send priorities flying out the studio window? Please share.

Happy creating — Linda

Welcome to “Creativity Rocks Our World!”

We’re up and running! “Creativity Rocks Our World!” is the place to share your artwork and your thoughts on creativity and its importance in our world. Notice, that’s OUR world. I’m a firm believer that EVERYONE is creative in their own way. Whether you’re a teacher, engineer, full-time parent, massage therapist, insurance agent, doctor, truck driver or cook, you have a spark of creativity you can bring to your work, your home, your family or your hobbies. I hope the artwork and the insights of our contributing artists will inspire you to explore your own creativity and share it with the world. Happy creating — Linda