Over the last few weeks I’ve spent many hours simply drawing. For the first time in a long time, I’ve shown persistence with drawing sunflowers and mandalas.
I’m going with a theme and the goal is to turn these images into a future coloring book. I really enjoy drawing floral and obviously I’m all about the mandalas. But it’s hard, damn hard, to sit and draw a variation of the same thing.
Persistence and creativity, I believe, are linked. In many ways, you can’t have one without the other. Creativity creates the art.
The beauty of drawing isn’t simply what shows up on paper. The beauty of drawing for me is the process. Take for example when drawing in nature, I’m not so much excited about the end result, (well, maybe a little), but I’m more into the process.
Combining the lines, making the shapes, seeing gradually, how the image comes together.
The book is simple, clean and very easy to follow. Look at the examples and follow the instructions on the left page, practice on the right. It’s a great learning tool. Once you mastered her teachings, keep this as a great reference.
One can never stop learning. Now, before you go crazy drawing I suggest you pick up some proper tools. I suggest Pigma Micron markers. You need to and want to go small with a number of your lines. The archival ink quality of Pigma is great.
Remember my thoughts on drawing: it’s about lines, shape and composition. Think of yourself as make a photograph. Your composition is everything. The devil is in the detail so focus on your lines.
Stay small where you need to. Go big where you need want to. Throw-in some accent lines and shadow. Follow along with Allie and you’ll surprise yourself and your friends.
Ok, you don’t have to show your friends.
So for this weekend, pick up this book and get cracking on your own floral art. You will feel inspired and it gives you something different to do.
Take your time. Enjoy what you’re doing. That’s the point, to find some creative inspiration and be happy.
Creativity and entrepreneurship are like peanut butter and jelly. This is why creatives are entrepreneurs and why creativity is so crucial for entrepreneurs.
I think even if you have a proven business model or your ideas are already planned out, your entrepreneurial pursuits require creativity. No matter how much you prepare, you will need to spark new ideas and overcome unexpected challenges.
This is why entrepreneurs require creativity.
Flexibility and adaptability, both buzzwords that are practical and practicable. If you’re flexible in your processes and adaptable in your thinking, you’re applying your creativity to your business.
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
-Edward de Bono
As an artist or photographer you run into challenges daily. For myself, it seems everyday is a struggle. Balancing the 9-5 job, family and whatever else comes my way. Then throw on the business and you see where the challenge is.
I don’t even have the time to draw. That’s where the creativity comes in. I’m forced to find ways to squeeze the art in.
Or how about going for a walk on my lunch break and finding a potted flower and practicing my photography skills? Thank you smartphone camera:
Creativity Is Healthy
Creativity is healthy not just for your mind but for your business. Especially if your in the creative arts. Constant creativity means your constantly thinking.
Building that well of ideas that pushes your business forward.
I’ve found getting hung up on certain ideas however can become an obstacle. I’ll give you a personal example. I wanted to solely do mandalas. Simple yet detailed designs. But I have this overwhelming, nagging urge to take pictures.
To simply be a mandala artist, or jump into the ocean of photographers? This conflict held me back for a long time, days even.
But I decided, as every entrepreneur must, to take a risk. That risk is doing both. I can’t help but do both. I love drawing the mandalas and capturing images (however, I’m a budding photographer with years of practice and learning ahead of me.)
But it’s fun. It’s passion. It’s all about the craft. The risk comes in combining both the art and the photography to create a creative business.
As a creative entrepreneur, we must use our creativity to not just create our art, but to create our businesses. Don’t hold yourself back.
Explore your creative, entrepreneurial spirit just like you would your art ideas. Your business will benefit tremendously. One more tidbit, the best way to spark your business creativity, is to learn.
Learn, learn and then keep learning. In the digital age you have to learn everything from SEO to social media marketing to improving your writing skills. The beauty and difficulty of running a business is learning all the facets of the business.
Again, be creative in your approach. Read blogs like
I know, you, like me, we’re creatives. We make art. But if you or I as a creative entrepreneur fail to look at the business side of things, then we have no actual business.
Creativity and entrepreneurship are linked in many ways. Without creativity, your business lacks the ability to be successful.
Keep your mind open to new ideas and new methods. Be prepared to change your business plan. Never forget however, you’re a creative entrepreneur. Show your creativity not just in your art, but in your business too!
Thanks for reading! What sparks your entrepreneurial creativity?
I was thinking how easy it is to publish our individual thoughts. Social media, blogging, self-publishing on Amazon, you name it. We all have this opportunity to simply click a button and poof! Our words are out in the world.
But what about our art? Just as easy as it is to publish our words, images and original art are just as easily published.