Creativity in Everyday life – Daydreaming

           Another of the artist’s best practices is daydreaming. I am still learning from the book ‘Wired to create’ by @Scott B. Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2015).  They are telling me it is OK to do things that I was told not to do as a child and an adult. Under the right circumstances, Kaufman and Gregoire say that daydreaming is a positive activity because it takes us away from our negative thoughts. Another benefit of daydreaming is that our inner thoughts are directed towards goals, aspirations and dreams.  We work out our ideas, learn to understand ourselves and work out social situations. 

For artists, daydreaming helps us sort out our ideas or process our ideas. The best ideas seem to come out of the blue, when we are doing something else or thinking of something else.  Our minds may seem idle but they are actually working out ideas.  Kaufman and Gregoire suggest taking a walk, doodling or cleaning when you are stumped or frustrated with a project.Daydreaming should be part of the artist’s toolkit, they insist. 

Kaufman and Gregoire maintain that by turning our attention to the inner world, we build a sense of meaning and hope as well as tap into our deepest levels of creativity. Research shows that dreaming about the future helps us reach our goals. 

One of the gurus of daydreaming is @Carl Jung.  He came up with a technique called creative visualization. He advocated that we should look into our subconscious to help solve problems in the conscious mind. Jung said that with practice, we could train our mind to shift between conscious and subconscious. Remembering our dreams is one way of doing this. 

Other ways to access our subconscious mind is to have a nice long, hot shower.  There, we are more or less free of distractions, we are relaxed and it insulates us from the external world.  No one can distract us. 

Another way is to take a walk, preferably in nature. Philosopher, @Immanuel Kant, advocated walks for ideas as did @Charles Darwin and @Henry David Thoreau, @William Wordsworth, @Freud, @Hemingway, @Jefferson and @Aristotle, just to name a few famous names.  

Immanuel Kant was an influential Prussian German philosopher in the Age of Enlightenment. In his doctrine of transcendental idealism, he argued that space, time, and causation are mere sensibilities; “things-in-themselves” exist, but their nature is unknowable.

The connection between subconscious and conscious is also related to mindfulness.   Mindfulness is an awareness of our environment and where we are in the moment. Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. 

To me, mindfulness is paying attention to my painting process.  I become aware of every paint stroke that I do.  I carefully put down layers until I have what I want.  I put on low music with no words or no music at all and I focus only on my task.  

There are hundreds of articles on mindfulness. They basically say similar advice.  Learn to eliminate distractions and focus only on what you are doing.  Here are a few that could help you if you want to know more:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/mindfulness-exercises/art-20046356

I hope this helps you.

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Creativity in everyday life – Playing around

Creativity is a way of life or a life style or interacting with the world according to the book ‘Wired to create’ by @Scott B. Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2015). The authors say that creatives have a tendency to be open minded, imaginative, intellectually curious, energetic, outgoing, persistent and self-motivated regarding their activity. This gives them a greater sense of well-being and personal growth. 

People who set aside time in their lives for their creative side have more of what is called ‘creative potential’.  Just the act of creating increases the person’s creative abilities.  They derive enjoyment from the act of creating therefore they tend to get MORE creative ideas. Having time to take risks in their creative endeavor, personal reflection, daydreaming and inner exploration help people their unique purpose and identity. Kaufman and Gregoire have identified ten habits of ‘creatives’.  These habits foster the creativity lifestyle that they love.

Imaginative play is the first trait that creatives all possess.

Play is essential is creativity. Play is considered a way to make sense of the environment in that children, in particular, rehearse their life, conquer fears or what they wish for. According to Kaufman and Gregoire play allows skills like planning, problem solving, organization of diverse content, language development, divergent thinking, curiosity, tolerance and general social skills. All play supports learning. 

Play is essential to creativity.
Forest by Doris Charest 8 x 8 in. on paper

This is the time when, as an artist, you try new techniques, figure out what works and what doesn’t, choose what works for you and continue in your art practice.

Kaufman and Gregoire say that playing and seriousness need to be combined for the best results.  Play gives us resilience, the ability to work through hard projects at work and thus increases your performance.  Increased performance and play makes us happy.  Who wouldn’t be happy if they managed to solve problems at work then go home to play or even have play time at work.  Kaufman and Gregoire add that adult life does not allow for enough time to play.  We live structured lives without time to daydream, imagine and play. 

As an artist, how can you integrate more play into your practice?

Can you give yourself one day a week or a month to just play with media, ideas or other artists?

Can you pick up a brand new medium and try it out without reading the instructions or taking a class on how to use this material?

Can you bring yourself to the Reuse Centre to find something to make art with that you have never used before?

Can you put big pieces of paper on the floor and paint for fun?

Make a list of things that you could do.  Every once in a while, pick one of these ideas and play.

Here are some links about creativity you might also want to see: 

https://creativesomething.net/post/149747194420/creativity-is-not-art

Documentary Film:The Creative Brain by @David Engleman

Or, you can take my creativity class on Udemy.com – A creative lifestyle

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/

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Falling leaves 8 x 8 on paper

Creativity in everyday life – Bad days

Creativity in everyday life — Bad days

When things don’t go as you wish

Whenever things don’t go as you wish, do you throw a tantrum? Yell and scream?

What to do when you are having a bad art day.

Curse? No, but you want to? Well, I can relate. The urge to react strongly is very strong and often I want to. But, I only do this in private or in my head. I am, after all, an example to others. I want to be a classy artist not a childish, tantrum yeller kind of artist.

Pyschologically, that is not a good thing to do, according to the psychology books. You should let your frustrations out. Hence, the private tantrum. Otherwise, not letting that frustration out leads to internal reactions like tight muscles, upset stomachs or headaches. What artist wants those? They get in the way of creative moments and making your work.

How can you let that tension go? Here are some ideas for you to try:

1. Lay out some tissue paper on large plastic sheets. Dilute some acrylic paint in your favorite colours. Splatter, paint with bold marks and drip.

2. Lay out some sketchbook paper. You can tape it down if need be. Take the dictionary and open it randomly. Take your finger and point to a word randomly. Paint that word. Repeat this over and over.

3. Lay out large pieces of white paper. Take a 6 in brush and some house paint in different colours. Paint bold movements as you walk around the paper. If you need to, add a broom handle to your brush handle with some duct tape so that you don’t have to bend so much.

In no time, you will feel better. You will also have some great papers to use as backgrounds or as collage for your future work. You now have painted away your frustrations. Life is good again.

I hope this helps you.

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Creativity in everyday life – Sleep

Creativity in everyday life — Sleep

Sleep -The single best creativity booster.

Sleep is the fuel for your creative process. Nothing else beats boosts creativity better. According to Sherry Baker in ‘The power of sleep’ (The secrets of creativity, New York: Centennial Media,2019), scientific studies show that keeping regular sleeping hours is the best. Skimping on sleep and pulling all-nighters will harm your brain and creativity even if you sleep extra hours later.

Problem solving is better if you get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Art is all about problem solving. Remember when you decided to finish your painting by working into the wee hours only to discover the next day that you had wrecked it? Most artists have done this. The reason is because your brain needed the sleep to solve the issues. Your brain needed time to rest and think.

According to this article, if you have a problem what you need to do is to wonder about the solutions to your problem before going to sleep. Your brain will work out ideas while you sleep. In the morning, you may have a solution. With the extra sleep you got, you will at least be able to come up with solutions rather than stand there and go ‘duh’ because you are too sleep deprived to come up with any ideas at all.

Most artists have extensive amounts of small tasks that they need to do for their art business. According to Baker, don’t keep all those details in your head. Write them down. Just the act of making a list will help you sleep better and make better decisions in the morning. Keep paper and pencil on your night table.

Too many ideas lead to artists waking up in the night. What this author also suggests is that you write down any ideas that come to you during the night. Quickly jot them down or record them with your phone then go back to sleep. In the morning, you can analyze those ideas to see if they apply to your current challenging work issue.

There is a whole section in this article on writing down your dreams. The author says that it takes time to develop this habit. First thing in the morning, jot down your dreams. At first, there may be only a few words or ideas that you will remember. Eventually your mind will retain more of the dreams you have had. Dreams can then be analyzed to see if they are trying to tell you how to solve your problem.

I have to admit that I have not been able to remember dreams. However, sleeping eight hours a night as much as possible had helped me a lot. The more rested I am, the better my ideas are, the easier I can solve problems and the more patient I am with ‘challenging’ people. Sleeping well and more has done more for me than anything else. I found that the regular my sleeping hours were, the better I performed in my art making. So, if I was to give any advice, it would be: Get some sleep now!

How sleep can help you be more creative.

I hope this helps you.

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Creativity in everyday life -Creative people are different

Creative people are different

Creativity is one of my main interests and I have come across this book that claims that highly creative people do ten different things differently. The book is ‘Wired to create’ by @Scott B. Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2015). They claim that creative people have messy minds and that is what makes them different. That is to say, the process they go through to create a product is not linear. They will start with one thing, then another, discard one or both, start again, bring in new ideas, go back to the first ones and so on. The process of creatives is uniquely theirs and is different every time they create something new. Information comes from just about anything; a color here, a texture from there or even sounds or smells. Over the next few blogs, I will discuss their ideas.

As a painter and installation artist, I can say that this is true for me. I got my latest and best installation idea from some quilts that I saw in South Korea. They were fluttering in the wind in a window as we were going by. It was a fleeting moment but this visual mixed in with my desire to create an installation, having it portable, wanting something that is tall as well as something that I can paint was a trigger to a solution to my installation problem that I had been working on for the last six months. All this happened in a few moments and everything fell into place. You can call this creativity at its best.

Crossing by Doris Charest 8x 8in. on paper

Kaufman and Gregoire point out that ‘creatives’ (that is us) have diverse interests, influences, behaviours and ideas and they find a way to bring all these disparate elements together. Often the interests contradict each other but they continue to exist in the creative person. They add that creative people are complex and instead of being an individual, they are a ‘multitude’. The authors also add that a common trait of creatives is an openness to one’s inner life (that’s intuition and self-knowledge), a preference for complexity or ambiguity, a tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to extract order from chaos, independence, unconventionality and a willingness to take risks. Not all creatives have all these traits but a dominance of these seems essential to creatives. Creatives learn to harness their different views and draw new ideas from them.

Ideas for you on creativity:

One view: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/05/brassai-conversations-with-picasso-success-compromising/

A second view: https://www.thebwerd.com/compromise-become-compromising/

The good news is that creatives score high in the category of psychological health. They know themselves. Kaufman and Gregoire state that creatives adapt very well to changing circumstances. This is called plasticity; the ability to explore new ideas, objects and scenarios.

When it comes to idea generation, creatives are willing to put out ideas, select the original ideas and then select the best idea. The combination of working out ideas and making them valuable to society or useful. These two ‘seemingly’ contradictory ideas engages the creatives and stimulates them. ‘I wonder what would happen if’ is a common thought that creatives have.

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/

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Fall beauty by Doris Charest 8x 8 in. on paper

Creativity in everyday life – Portrait series

Creativity in everyday life — Portrait artist of the year series

Involving and mesmerising your clients

Generally speaking, I am not a TV watcher. In fact, we don’t own a television. When I do watch movies, it is on my computer. This is less tempting because the screen is small and too much watching gives me a headache. However, I have found one series that has completely captured my interest.

The PBS station recently showed a series called ‘Portrait artist of the year’. Over several episodes, the show invites 9 different artists to come paint the portraits of 3 celebrities. The top three portraits are then analyzed and then a winner is chosen. After several episodes, the winners of each heat are brought back to a semi-final. Again, they paint the portraits of celebrities. The top three of these semi-finals are then invited to another paint off where the winner will paint the portrait of a major celebrity for cash.

I don’t do portraits in my own art practice. I never thought that I would like a program like this but I was hooked. You get to see what the artists use for materials, you see them paint and you get to see how they develop the portrait. Not being a portrait artist, I was surprized how much I liked this show. For me it was about seeing the process.

I loved seeing how the artists mixed their paint, started their sketch and later their painting. If I was hooked, an artist who already knew how to paint, can you imagine their audience of ‘want-to-be-an-artist’ would be intrigued? This is a totally new concept that could be applied to our audiences.

Do you do any demonstrations at your events? Is there a way you can incorporate this idea of showing others how a painting is created. Can you hire someone to sell your paintings while you paint? This is something you might consider. If I can get as involved as I was, in the process and on a topic I don’t even like, your clients will too.

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/

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Creativity in everyday life – One thing I learnt by doing art

One thing I learnt by doing art

Art has enriched my life in many ways. Surprisingly, I learnt patience to do my art as it should be done.

Patience.  Making art takes time and contrary to popular belief, it is not a one-step process.  One of my students told me: ‘I want it done right away and I want it to look good right away.’  This does not happen 99.9% of the time.  In painting, you need to layer colors, experiment with what color goes well with another, reposition shapes and even start over. Building your image slowly with many layers gives the subject more subtle variations in color and a more interesting look.  It is well worth the time to layer colors just for the beauty of the nuances.  Sculpture is much the same.  You build slowly, making small adjustments to the shapes in order to have just the right angle or look. 

    It takes time to develop as an artist and patience is a very important trait for an artist to have.  Who wants to wait for this to happen?  It goes beyond that.  We learn perseverance and fortitude with patience. Discipline in doing our work to helps move us in a positive direction.  Concentration shows strength of mind.   Patience enables us to develop, grow, and mature in our work as an artist.  Without patience, none of this could happen.  For more help, check out this blog: https://sandyaskeyadams.com/blog/57607/patience-a-most-esssential-tool-in-the-art-studio

   At times it may seem like you are not improving with your work, like nothing is happening, but there really is something happening.  You are making decisions. Taking little steps towards finishing brings greater rewards.  Working through the process takes patience and time.  Those who don’t want to bother with making that commitment to persevere through these difficult stages will not easily have productive results, if any.  Check out my class on Udemy.com ‘A creative lifestyle’ for ideas.  I include time saving ideas in the class.  

Hope that helps,

Doris

My artwork at the local restaurant

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Creativity in everyday life- Age and art

Creativity in everyday life- Art and age

Art and age

Art can be learnt at any age. Unlike music, there is no statute of limitations related to your age. If you are ten or if you are ninety, it is never too late to start. Once you have started, you need not ever retire from making art. Sound like something you like?

Art making is also a great stress release. Like meditation, you focus on doing one thing (your art) and forget about the rest of the world. There is no room for worries or life problems. Often hours go by when I am making my art and I even forget about food. My husband will have to remind me that it’s supper time. Then, I just groan and wish he had learnt to cook.

Creating art is also good for the brain. Art is all about problem solving and this is very good to keep our synapses alive and growing. Recommendations from experts say that we should learn new skills to keep your neuron pathways alive and even growing. There is always something new to learn in art so this is another reason art is good for you.

Art need not be physically demanding. If you are not as mobile as you would like to be, there are types of art making that don’t need mobility. One of these is drawing or even some types of painting. Artwork does not need to be big. You can work small. Many small works put together can create a larger piece or show. Small works are often coveted by collectors who no longer have any room on their walls.

Art doesn’t have to be expensive, if you are on a tight budget. Pencils are very inexpensive and so is plain, ordinary paper. If you like painting, you don’t have to have every color in the book. Many successful painters, like watercolourist Tony Onely or Agnes Martin, use less than a half a dozen colours in their work. This is called a limited palette and it takes great skill to be able to paint what you see and distill it into a few shapes and colours.

I teach art to young and old. My oldest student was ninety-four. I helped her discover chalk pastels. A box of chalk pastels costing $12 and some paper brought her hours of entertainment and challenge. She continued using her pastels for two years, until her passing. Her friend said that the art brought her great joy.

Finding materials is not difficult anymore. You can get supplies at any office supply store or even a dollar store. Art supply stores offer more variety but if you want to start, go to your local store. Hours of enjoyment await you.

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

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Creativity from Everyday Life-Tips from Grandma #2

6 More Tips That I Got From My Grandmother

Mémère, was a great influence and it is not until now that I realize how she shaped my attitude in life.  She was unfailingly optimistic and these are some of her suggestions.  Keep in mind that when my grandmother moved to Alberta, she had to live in a tent for the winter.  There were two adults and eight children in that tent.  If you can survive that, you cannot help but be positives. 

Smile a lot. Decide to think positively. Every time life places obstacles in your path, give life a big grin, accept the challenge and overcome it. Make the decision to be happy, stand by your decisions and do whatever is in your power to keep them. This is the true secret to happiness.  

***As an artist, you will have plenty of obstacles. Often people find it easy to criticize people with a creative lifestyle.  Instead of getting angry, just point out how much you love what you do. There is nothing else like it. Point out the positive parts of your choices.  Skip over the negative parts.  Turn their negative into a positive.  This also teaches ‘them’ that there are real big positives to being and artist.  They may even start envying you.

  • Look into people’s eyes when you talk to them. Ask them about their day, and how they feel. Care enough about people to look at them and listen to them.  They will remember you and they will care back.

As an artist, you create a bond with people when you look them in the eye.  They feel you are really listening to them. They will listen back and gradually become a friend or even a client.

  • Friends come and go. They help us become better people. Keep the good friends that help you and let go the friends that bring you down. Learn to tell which are the good friends and which are not. 

As an artist, friends are important to share ideas with and help you out.  You help each other to find opportunities.  However, some people are not as good at sharing.  Some will take your ideas and use them as their own. Those people are not your friends.  Dump them now.  If you cannot, create space between you and them.  Don’t share with them. 

  • Success comes with work. There is no secret to success. Wake up earlier than everyone else. Go to bed later. Work, work, work. That’s what it takes, and there is no shortcut.

As an artist, it is best to learn this early. Artists often have to work harder than most. Being an artist means being your own boss and running a business -your business.  There is no way to get around a lot of work.

  • Looking back is not good for you.  You need to look forward to the good things.Memories are beautiful and they define who we become, but forward is always the right direction. Keep your eyes towards the new good events coming your way.

As an artist, there will be lots of ups and downs in your ‘art business’.  Focus on the positives.  Focusing on the negatives will only lead you to abandon your artistic endeavors for a job you may not like.  Trade a ‘happy’ job like art for a negative one? No way! Your positive attitude will be reflected in your work. Your attitude will show.  Stay positive. 

  • Bad days happen. Take a shower and go to bed. Whatever happened that day will pass and it will get better. Learn from the ‘issue’ and move on.

As an artist, you will have days where you wreck you painting because you go too far, make a bad cut in your sculpture or spill a bottle of ink on your 20 hour drawing. This is normal.  Everyone has bad days. What is important is how you handle the problem. Like Mémère says, go to bed.  Your brain will find a solution while you sleep.  You were probably tired anyways.  That is why the accident happened.

Creativity in everyday life -Tips from Grandma #2

Six more tips from my grandmother

6 More Tips That I Got From My Grandmother

Mémère, was a great influence and it is not until now that I realize how she shaped my attitude in life. She was unfailingly optimistic and these are some of her suggestions. Keep in mind that when my grandmother moved to Alberta, she had to live in a tent for the winter. There were two adults and eight children in that tent. If you can survive that, you cannot help but be positives.

1. Smile a lot. Decide to think positively. Every time life places obstacles in your path, give life a big grin, accept the challenge and overcome it. Make the decision to be happy, stand by your decisions and do whatever is in your power to keep them. This is the true secret to happiness.

As an artist, you will have plenty of obstacles. Often people find it easy to criticize people with a creative lifestyle. Instead of getting angry, just point out how much you love what you do. There is nothing else like it. Point out the positive parts of your choices. Skip over the negative parts. Turn their negative into a positive. This also teaches ‘them’ that there are real big positives to being and artist. They may even start envying you.

2. Look into people’s eyes when you talk to them. Ask them about their day, and how they feel. Care enough about people to look at them and listen to them. They will remember you and they will care back.

As an artist, you create a bond with people when you look them in the eye. They feel you are really listening to them. They will listen back and gradually become a friend or even a client.

3. Friends come and go. They help us become better people. Keep the good friends that help you and let go the friends that bring you down. Learn to tell which are the good friends and which are not.

As an artist, friends are important to share ideas with and help you out. You help each other to find opportunities. However, some people are not as good at sharing. Some will take your ideas and use them as their own. Those people are not your friends. Dump them now. If you cannot, create space between you and them. Don’t share with them.

4. Success comes with work. There is no secret to success. Wake up earlier than everyone else. Go to bed later. Work, work, work. That’s what it takes, and there is no shortcut.

As an artist, it is best to learn this early. Artists often have to work harder than most. Being an artist means being your own boss and running a business -your business. There is no way to get around a lot of work.

5. Looking back is not good for you. You need to look forward to the good things.Memories are beautiful and they define who we become, but forward is always the right direction. Keep your eyes towards the new good events coming your way.

As an artist, there will be lots of ups and downs in your ‘art business’. Focus on the positives. Focusing on the negatives will only lead you to abandon your artistic endeavors for a job you may not like. Trade a ‘happy’ job like art for a negative one? No way! Your positive attitude will be reflected in your work. Your attitude will show. Stay positive.

6. Bad days happen. Take a shower and go to bed. Whatever happened that day will pass and it will get better. Learn from the ‘issue’ and move on.

As an artist, you will have days where you wreck you painting because you go too far, make a bad cut in your sculpture or spill a bottle of ink on your 20 hour drawing. This is normal. Everyone has bad days. What is important is how you handle the problem. Like Mémère says, go to bed. Your brain will find a solution while you sleep. You were probably tired anyways. That is why the accident happened.

I hope this helps you.

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Tips my grandmother gave me applied to my art practice.

Creativity in everyday life - The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly effect is a theory that originated with a scientist named Johann Gottlieb Fichtein The Vocation of Man (1800). He says “you could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby … changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole”(Wikepedia). The theory was examined by other scientists primarily in relation to the weather over the following years and into recent times.

Ray Bradbury explored the concept in his fiction book “A Sound of Thunder”, a 1952 short story about time travel.The whole concept was further investigated by E. N. Lorenz, who proposed a mathematical model for how tiny motions in the atmosphere scale up to effect larger systems.

People have loved this idea and have let their imaginations run wild. For example, can the flapping of the wings of a bird in Canada affect the weather in Texas? The theory became known as the Butterfly Effect. The butterfly has become more of a metaphor for small gestures affecting change. Will recycling at your own house affect the environment? Will walking more and using the car less affect the air quality over time?

The artistic interpretation of the Butterfly Effect and how to create your own effect.

Recent applications of this theory have been in relation to people and their behaviour. If you do a kindness to someone today, will it affect tomorrow? There is much debate about this whole theory and it has been relabelled as a ‘Pay it forward’ concept. Be nice now because it will affect your future.

Do you believe this theory? Opinions vary but I tend to agree with the Butterfly Effect. For example, imagine that you are stuck in traffic. You are in the right lane and this lane has to merge to the left because there is construction on the side of the road. You wait patiently for the car on the left to let you in. Not a single car lets you in for about ten minutes. How do you feel? Will you go home and tell this story with a twist on how people are so unkind? Your kids will hear this and pick it up. The world is unkind. Another scenario shows you waiting in line to merge but you only wait one minute or so. The driver that lets you in smiles and waves. How do you feel? You go home and tell this story. Your kids pick up the message that people are nice and helpful. Your world is looking better and so is theirs. These examples point out that small every day events lead affect not only you but everyone around you.

Imagine the effects happening to hundreds of people and changing attitudes. Am I exaggerating? Change does start with you. How can you apply this to your art practice?

According to Fichte, dynamics, even small ones can affect long term change. What long term change to you want? Do you want to earn more money? Do you want more painting time? Do you want your reputation as an art instructor to grow? Step 1 is for you to decide what you really want. Write down three items that you really want for your art practice.

Make four columns for each item. Column one is what you want to do. For example, do you want to have more shows for your work? Under column 2 is where you want to show. Column 3 is the date when they take proposals. Column 4 is when you get the application form and fill it out. Making columns like this leads you to take actions that will lead to you achieving your goal.

This is your Butterfly Effect. The small action of making a series of columns listing your goals is like the small butterfly wings making enough wind to eventually create a tornado down the line. Your small actions towards your goal will lead to you showing in the galleries that you want down the line. Belief in yourself is essential but more important than that is the willingness to take action. No matter how good you are as an artist, if you never pick up a brush or show your work to anyone, nothing will happen. You will never be known as an artist if you do not start with actions that lead to others knowing about you.

Action speaks louder than words. Are you willing to bat your wings like the butterfly? That is the question. If the answer is yes, you will achieve great results. But, it will take time. Persistence is also the key to success. Consistently flapping your wings will lead you to achieve your goals. Are you willing to try? I hope this helps you .

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

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