So as I was saying – Creativity is a partnership.  Why do people buy paintings?

Well generally people don’t buy oil paintings or other art works if they don’t like them or have some kind of connection with them.  They will however, generally buy for different reasons, such as –

  • they just love the work
  • it’s a present for someone else
  • the work  goes with their decor
  • it’s an investment

The first two of these reasons both have an emotional attachment to them, the second is more about creating an environment – the art work says something about who they are, implying status or ‘coolness’ perhaps.  However paintings chosen for decor are often chosen by an interior designer and its the look of the whole that is more important.  The last reason is purely financial really, although if one has enough money like Alan Bond you might be lucky enough to be able to afford Van Gogh’s Irises. Although actually even though he

Van Gogh's Irises

Van Gogh's Irises

bought the painting for  US$ 53.9 million dollars  he didn’t have enough money to pay for it. Damn!!! And he had to sell it again.

However if someone chooses your work because they love it – it means you have something in common, even if its liking the same kind of colours.  It is your job to befriend the people who buy your art.

As with any new friendship, trust needs to be built.  So offer them something for nothing.  People love to get gifts, tho maybe not 20 off topic ebooks. LOL !!

Produce something that you keep just to give to people who have bought your work.  You might offer different things for different price points.  Keep these items special, don’t sell them, so that the only way anyone can get them is if they buy your work.  People love to not only get something special but to feel that they have a closer connection with the artist.  For those people who feel that creativity is an esoteric mystery this gives them a way in to share in that world.

This is a pretty big subject and one I will be returning to many times I suspect – as the inspiration takes me.

What to do when you can’t create?  Whether you have been regularly creating or not, at some point you will find  yourself in the Sahara of creativity.

What to do?  What causes it?

In my experience, creative droughts are often caused by life interventions – i.e.  relationship breakups, major or even minor illnesses of self or family member, building a house, moving or the death of some one close,  just to mention a few.

Creative Blocks

Creative Blocks

Creative blocks are often accompanied by feelings of boredom, apathy, restlessness, being stuck, being uninspired by anything, guilt, ineffectiveness and probably a dozen other negative emotions or thought patterns.

The answer people – lies within.  Ultimately being creative requires Courage, Perseverance and Discipline.  I’ve heard it said that there are only 2 emotions – Love and fear and I think it would be fair to say that the above list of negative vibrational states all fall into the fear category.  The problem with this is that fear tends to make us contract, implode, withdraw in on ourselves which is the direct opposite of the creative process.  Creativity is a process of expansion.  We live in an expanding universe from the molecular to the stellar level.  We are part of that expansion.  Sorry getting carried away there!

Which inspired me to find this video on YouTube. – Now this is simply AWESOME creativity at its most amazing!!! How beautiful this is.

To come back to the question of what can I do?  The first thing to do is be kind to yourself.  The more you stress about being stuck the more stuck you will be.  Its like getting stuck in one of those endless loops your computer goes into sometimes, when the only thing that works is to shut it down.  Well I guess we are kind of the same.  Like all things – what you focus on is what you are creating.  So the more you focus on being stuck – well how deep is the hole you can dig yourself into.

The problem is, this then flows on into all other areas of your life.  If your creativity is not working, you’ll probably find that not much else is working either.  Or if it is you are really  only in a lull because eventually that desire to create will keep gnawing away at you until you take notice of it.

The creative in us demands expression.

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