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Creative JumpStart: Commitment And Courage

Courage

I blog lots about different “things” to get your creativity flowing. So this is a little off the path from an actual thing. It’s called commitment and courage.

Without commitment, you cannot succeed. Without courage, you cannot commit. All the creativity in the universe won’t help you succeed without either one.  Continue reading Creative JumpStart: Commitment And Courage

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5 Ways To Creativity and Productivity During The Holidays

Holidays

I normally don’t post on Saturdays, but this holiday season we’re fortunate to have a long weekend. Don’t let the holidays interrupt your creative pursuits!

Stay productive. Don’t let the eggnog and pie get in the way!

Don’t make yourself the obstacle to your own success. I’m going to give you five simple ways to stay creative and productive over the holidays.  Continue reading 5 Ways To Creativity and Productivity During The Holidays

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Want To Be Successful? Act Like It.

Since I decided three years ago to start an art business, I’ve struggled to find my niche. First I wanted to draw landscapes. Do you know how hard it is to draw a rock?

Then I thought, why not animals? Everyone loves a good wildlife picture. Then I realized I lacked serious skills to make that work.

Then there was my love of photography. Awesome idea, become a landscape photographer! Still, need to improve that skill. In the end my quest to figure out what I wanted to create and be known for hurt my success.

Why? Because I was lost. I wasn’t choosing success.  Continue reading Want To Be Successful? Act Like It.

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How To Write A Killer Intro For Your Art Post

Content Marketing

Art, photography, images tell a story. But what about the story behind the image?

Anyone can post an image of their art or a really beautiful photograph. But it’s the story behind the image that separates the artist from everyone else.

You as the artist create because you want to. You want to share and you want to teach. Customers and art lovers look at your work, not just for the beauty, but for the experience.

Your writing sells that experience. That experience starts with a good, strong and clear introduction.  Continue reading How To Write A Killer Intro For Your Art Post

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Why Opportunity Should Scare You

Opportunity
Opportunity
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When an opportunity presents itself, are you scared? Can you accept the risk? Should you accept the risk?

The answer depends on you. But without risk, there is no success.

Opportunity should scare you. If it doesn’t, maybe it’s not really something you should pursue. There is no success without risk. Every “successful” person has taken risks.

Every business is a risk.

Artists take risks every day. It’s called experimentation. It’s trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. But the key is to not let that fear of risk hold you back. Creativity is risky.

That’s the fun part.

Unleash The Creative Opportunist

Each of us has what I call the inner creative opportunist. It doesn’t sound catchy, but each of us is looking for opportunities to show how creative we are.

We are opportunists. Our creativity needs it. Our inner risk-taker wants those moments to let loose. I see designs and art every day. It’s as if the proverbial light-bulb goes off. The little voice in my head says “you can make that.”

It’s an opportunity. It’s a risk. Too many times what I think I can make doesn’t quite work out.

Not to mention, my inner introvert competes with my inner risk-taker. Do you know that feeling?

There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. But don’t stop yourself from taking artistic risk. If you let yourself be intimidated by risks, you will not grow and learn.

This applies to anything, not just art. Business, writing, exercise (well be careful with the exercise), but risks are everywhere. So are successes. Writing this blog is a huge risk. Every time I write, I put myself out there and who knows what others would say. But that’s part of the fun.

Wrap Up

When an opportunity presents itself, look at the risks, but don’t hold yourself back. Don’t let fear of failure keep you from achieving success. Focus on what your goal is and let your passion take you down your path.

If you hit a bump in the road, learn and overcome. Unleash your potential.

What risks have you taken that succeeded? What risks failed? What did you learn?