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Three Things Creatives Should Not Do When Honing Their Craft

Do Not Expect Support from Family or Friends

Do not look for support and encouragement from your family or friends. The biggest mistake is expecting the people closest to you to understand, encourage and support your art. Depending on how you grew up, family only perceive you in a certain way and often downplay your gifts or talents.

They will normally praise others of their work but will not see the same talent in you. They are often judgmental, critical or jealous. If that is not the case, often they want you to pursue a field or interest that is socially accepted.

The average person who is not creative “Just does not get it” so don’t waste your time trying to explain or prove yourself to them. It will only frustrate and discourage you.

Your friends may also not understand your ideas or thoughts. They may not even have an interest in the same things that interest you. If you are too passionate, some friends may try to block you from trying to pursue or attain your goals especially if they don’t have their own goals and aspirations in life so be mindful of who you accept into your space. 

It’s so important to surround yourself with like-minded people and build a support system of creatives so you can share your failures and victories, as well as express yourself freely and openly. When there’s a free-flowing imagination, it releases more creative energy.

Do Not Compare Yourself to Other Artists
The worst thing you can do as an artist is to compare yourself to other artists. Each person is created with their own abilities, gifts, and talents. It is uniquely your own. Your art and creative ideas should be celebrated and expressed. 

Unfortunately, social media has made it even harder to block out the creative voices around you however, you can use the creativity around you to inspire you. Just make sure you take breaks from social media so you can connect and hear your own voice through your artwork.

Do Not Constantly Switch Your Craft

It is important to give your artwork time to develop. Some artist jumps from one form of art to another and never focus on developing the skill required to become great. You cannot become better at something if you don’t practice it. Allow yourself space to make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes make the best artwork. It’s from the repetition of performance that you gain experience and skills so just continue to have patience and endurance during the creative process. Take the time to sharpen your skills. Make sure you continue to learn new things and gain new insights. This will keep you motivated and inspired.

Most of all, enjoy the journey!

Finding Your Creative Identity

In this world of social media, it’s easy to begin to lose your creative edge because you’re constantly consuming artistic inspiration from others.

Within the sea of creative expression, you may begin to struggle with your own creativity by comparing your work to others or even worse begin to adopt certain techniques, styles or designs as your own.

How do you separate yourself from the endless stream of creative images? How do you stand out of the crowded space of the internet? How do you find your authentic voice when everybody is screaming at the same volume to be seen?

I find it helpful to step back and tune out of the chaos. Turn off your phone, laptop or tablet. Step into nature. Visit a park or museum. Socialize with friends. Spend time alone. Listen to music. Read a good book. 

These simple pleasures will balance your life as well as enhance your creative identity. You will be inspired to create or invent new things. You will discover or explore new strategies and methods of doing things as well as scheduling time to do the things you enjoy.

Some of my best creations were formed incidentally but it’s also great to create with intention and vision. When you see something in your imagination and follow through to manifest what you envision, it stimulates excitement and a sense of accomplishment.

When you can take a blank canvas and transform it into a tangible painting or drawing, it is awe-inspiring. It somehow feels magical.

However, the most exceptional or innovative minds are often misunderstood, devalued, rejected or even abused by others due to their lack of understanding of the creator’s concept, idea or vision. If it has never been done before, the masses will most likely reject it.

It’s also a process to develop a new-found idea. You may spend weeks, months or years tweaking and perfecting a passion project, product or design. You must not overthink the process. Get out of your own head but be willing to critique your work fairly and not judgmentally. There are enough critical thinkers that will definitely do that for you when you release your creative contribution to the world.

Deep down inside, in your creative soul, there is beauty. Once you dig deep inside to connect with it instead of looking outside of yourself and embracing the world around you, you will find your true creative identity. You were born with it.

If society has striped you from your authentic self, try to remember what you enjoyed doing at 5 years old. Your identity is not tied to being a carbon copy of someone else. 

Your creative soul should not fear opportunities of stepping out of your comfort zones and expressing who you truly are. You should enjoy the process and the journey.

Once you connect with your creative identity, you will soar to higher altitudes to produce and lead with authority, confidence and self-acceptance.

Be bold. Be courageous. Get creative. Be you.

Life by Design: The Art of Creativity

Creating art is such an intimate, spiritual activity. When you tap into your inner soul, creativity, innovation and imagination emerge from the act or process of self-expression. Whether you live in a robust, fast-paced city, remote town or somewhere in-between, there’s living art all around you. You may find inspiration under a wispy tree, a crowded subway or Marta train. However, you shouldn’t wait for your muse to hit. The process of creativity is unlimited and continuously flowing even if you physically don’t feel like creating.

You may go through a slump period but you shouldn’t allow your emotions to dictate your productivity. Sometimes, the best time to create is when you’re emotionally-charged. You may feel sad, angry, stressed or frustrated however you can extract a beautiful piece of art from the deepest, darkest places from your being.

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The voice of your work speaks to your audience whether you’re a chef, musician, artist, designer or writer. Participating in varied activities and life experiences expand your perspective and vantage point. The opportunity to explore and discover new people, places, and things nurture creativity. Museums, concerts or even different types of restaurants provides a palette of flavor and diversity.

Take into account what motivates you. It can be the simplest thing such as a colorful painting on a white wall, clean lines at an art gallery or the organized chaos at a coffee shop.

At the center of all creation, begins and ends with the heart. It connects to the human experience no matter how obscure or abstract. When you are true to your nature by silencing your ego and allowing yourself the freedom to be, you’re creating in your divine essence. By letting go of low expectations, fear, false or distorted self-images, doubts, and procrastination, you release the negative mindsets created by the outside world. It’s an oxymoron. Through opposition, you can find balance. Opposites attract.

The gift of creativity is actively participating in a vivid, colorful life while transforming every intricate part of your personal thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences into a mosaic landscape of self-expression.

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Don’t let the distractions of life blind or detour your path. Let your internal GPS system lead the way. Keep going in the direction of your visual kaleidoscope of ideas. Let the world be your canvas. There is beauty in the details. Imperfections, mistakes, and failures, at times, creates relatable forms of work that others will appreciate and enjoy.

Five Basic Ways to Reinvent Your Inner Artist

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As a creator, you may be challenged, at times, to constantly think of new ideas and act on them. It can be daunting when the creative process doesn’t flow as you imagined. 

With so much competition, you feel pressure to perform and wonder how your work will stand out from the millions of talented artist in the same space.

There are a few things that you can do to re-invent your inner artist.

1.      Hone your voice

You must know who you are and listen to the inner voice inside of you. Do not doubt or underestimate your true value.  Listen to your gut. Do not be afraid to be unique. There are a million clones out there, but you’re a designer’s original, so showcase your talent. Choose venues that will be highly profitable and will highlight your work.

2.      Get out of your comfort zone


    You can easily get into a rut or feel stuck. Art is constantly evolving. Whether you’re a designer, artist, writer, chef, actor or musician, you must continue to learn more about your craft. It also helps to be around like-minded people that can motivate you. By sharing with others, you gain a new perspective. 

    You may need to attend a local event, conference or workshop to surround yourself with new people and gain new information, resources, and insight. It also helps to revisit the past and learn about old influences that have changed art culture.  The merging of two opposing sources may just spark a ground-breaking concept.

3.      Stop procrastinating

Nothing’s worse than wasting time or money. Make sure you’re making sound decisions when it comes to your trade. It’s time to get out of your head and activate your thoughts with producing tangible results.  

Take small, measurable steps to accomplish your overall goals. Don’t allow your mood or emotions to dictate your vision. Get off the couch, cell or computer and start creating! Just like a fine wine, you only get better with time.

4.      Stop comparing yourself to other artists

It’s great to admire other people’s work. It often inspires creativity; but when you start comparing your work to others, it’s a recipe for disaster.  Be the best you. Don’t envy other’s abilities. You have your own distinctive skills that you bring to the table.  When you begin to acknowledge and appreciate your own talent, the more exceptional you’ll become.

5.      Produce Quality Materials

You may need to invest in quality tools and supplies to enhance the appearance of your work. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but you should have materials that will ease the creative process.

It’s best to start out small. Whether you decide on a low or fixed budget, as you gain experience, you can always treat yourself to better materials that will ultimately attract your target audience.

As you continue to develop and grow, your work will eventually transform with time.  The inner artist is an expression of life and everything that flows from it. So dig deep and find the treasures that are hidden inside. You may be surprised what you will find.