10 Things Every Artist Must Have

Have you ever wondered if there are some things that an artist really ought to have?

Well here’s my list of 10 things every artist must have.
Not to say they are necessarily in order of importance, and you might want different things on your list…… well it’s a bit of fun and food for thought. Also  some of the items actually contain more than one thing, are collections perhaps?

10 things every artist must have,Kadira Jennings

Creative Thinking Hat

  1. A Creative Thinking Hat  – or some other thing that you wear or have about your person that gets you in the mood for creativity.
  2. A wonderful collection of inspiring music to listen to as you create.  This of course will be different for everyone.  Did you know that classical music of the Baroque variety, actually stimulates the creative side of the brain and gets you in the zone more easily?
  3. A support person you can rely on to prop you up when you are flagging, to kick you out of your creative doldrums or, offer a shoulder to cry on when it is all too much.
  4. A mentor, who would not be the person mentioned in number three.  This is someone more advanced than you in your chosen field, to offer you unbiased criticism and sage advice.
  5. A list of places to go and things to do on your Artist Dates.
  6. A network of people to help you on the sales side of your business.  This might include people like your accountant, web designer, gallerists and so forth.
  7. A Mastermind Group of other artists that you meet with on a regular basis and who support you in your business and creative practice.
  8. A Creative Journal which documents your ideas, thoughts, works in progress and inspirations.
10 things every artist should have,Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page

9. A fabulous, user-friendly website that must be mobile friendly as well, that showcases your work to its best advantage.

10. An awesome digital portfolio on your iPad or tablet that you take with you wherever you go and show to as many people as possible!

So that’s it.

This Weeks Question:  How many of these ten things do you have?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Latest paintings.


Art and Music

Art and music is at the centre of today’s discussion. What music do you listen to when you are creating? I would love you to share this.

Even though taste in music is a very personal thing, it would be really interesting to know if there is a certain music genre that people tend to favour when creating.

Research has shown that in fact classical music and in particular, Baroque music, actually aids the creative process.  Why is this?  It has to do with the rate at which our brains cycle as we do different activities.  There are five distinct frequencies, that our brain waves cycle through, known as Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and the lesser known Gamma. I am not going to detail what they all do in this post, if you would like to know more check out this article.

The states that we should be interested in as creative people are the Alpha and Gamma frequencies. Art and music both function at their maximum efficiency during the Alpha brain wave frequency of  7.5-14Hz.  Now where music comes into this is that certain types of music, namely classical and particularly Baroque music, as mentioned previously, actually put our brains into this frequency cycle when we listen to them.

Music - Digital Image - Kadira Jennings


As yet little research seems to have been on the Gamma state, but from what I can ascertain, it is the highest of the frequencies and it is this one that operates when we experience flashes of insight.  I know that often as I paint, I receive flashes of insight, particularly when I have reached a block in the work. By entering a semi meditative state, I often then get this flash of insight into what to do next,  with no conscious ‘thought’ processing involved.

Interestingly enough, a strong presence of gamma waves throughout the cortex has been observed in musicians listening to music, compared against a control group of non-musicians. Which suggests selective use of these waves in association with a specific creative discipline.

Elizabeth Miles has written an interesting book on this subject, if you want to really take a more in-depth look at how music affects us, not just in terms of creativity, but also the vast influence it has in our modern lives as well.  Music is every where, from the shopping mall to the pub or the doctor’s waiting room.  If we are not choosing the music we listen to, then we are actually allowing others to have subtle influence over a minds and bodies.  Everything in the universe has its own frequency, so by listening to specific music as we create, we can enhance our own creative abilities.

While researching for this post I came across a fascinating video and then got completely side tracked on Facebook – Oh NO!!

Anyway here’s the video which is about resonance and how that affects us, with some reference to music at the beginning. (I apologize for the poor quality of the video)

Now since our paintings also must have a vibrational resonance, and we are creating them from our own state of consciousness it might be interesting to think about

  • What happens to the paintings as we work?
  • And are they affected by our state at the time?
  • Further to that if I listen to uplifting music, can I then change my state and produce better work?

Play with this.  What have you discovered about your own creative process?


Look For Thursday’s Post: Unveiling II

Next Monday’s Post: Inspiration  – some surprising sources of it

Post By : Kadira Jennings

Pix Credit: Digital Image – Kadira Jennings

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