“Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life” Grenville Keiser.
What a great quote!
I came across a wonderful site the other day Behance which goes a long way towards solving the dilemmas faced by creatives in business in particular. This site is organized into helpful modules that assist the organizing of the creative process which, by its very nature is often disorganized and chaotic.
I was impressed that Behance Founder and CEO, Scott Belsky had the insight to set up a business like this and that there is now enough demand out there for it to be successful for them. This is an indication that business is finally beginning to take notice and realize that creativity isn’t just something for the ‘out there’ artists. Rather it is a powerful tool for business survival in the 21st Century.
As a creativity coach, I often find that one of the most difficult areas for creatives is to move from that ‘leading edge’ creative headspace to concrete manifestation of their wonderful ideas. The Behance Company is catering to the different working modalities that we as creatives have. They have online organizational tools and also a great range of paper products with things like a dot grid journal and paint to make any surface into a white board area.
Photo Credit – Deamstime.com/Geraktv
I decided it was time to stock up on some more Creative Inspiration this week and went for an Artist Date. I came across this idea of an Artist Date in one of Julia Cameron’s books called ‘The Artists Way’. This book is a fantastic resource for creative people and her idea of Artists Dates is something I wholly embrace and highly recommend. I will talk about the concept more in another post but if you want to know more – go here now.
I choose to do this on a monthly basis – spending a whole day and often travelling to Sydney. I find a lot more inspiration in the City, there are so many different things to go and explore. Rather than spending a couple of hours a week where I live, I find this works better for me. That’s not to say of course that I won’t sometimes pop into a local gallery or something that catches my interest.
I live an hour and a half on the train,
from Sydney – a really pretty train ride actually. For part of the trip the train wends its way beside and over inland waterways,and through tunnels and bushland.
Last week I went to the Powerhouse Museum – a fascinating place full of great foto opportunities. I gathered lots of rich detail for photoshop texture brushes and
painting and digital reference material.
Floor of Steam Engine
Well worth the visit if you live close enough to go.
I recently touched on the idea of an Inner Critic. This nasty little alter ego that we all have drives some of us mercilessly. Not only does it judge us by our own harsh standards but also by the judgements we think everyone else is going to be heaping on us as well.
Unless of course we are children and invincible!
It matters not whether you are an artist, a plumber , a lawyer, a bee keeper, or even out of work. It is there – hovering over your shoulder ready to stick in it’s 2 cents worth if you give it half a chance. So what to do?
Here are some ideas on how to control this pesky fellow…..
- Firstly acknowledge that he/she exists as an entity separate from you
- To help with this – draw, paint, sculpt, what he/she looks like – does he/she have a name?
- Secondly you need to determine that you are actually in control – that YOU get to say whether or not you choose to allow him/her to have any say at all.
- Thirdly you might ask – but how can I stop him/her – he/she just turns up in my head and lets fly. Heres a couple of tricks –
a. Imagine you have a big dial you can turn up or down that controls the volume of your critic speaking to you. Then turn down the volume to zero and refuse to listen.
b. Imagine yourself tying a gag on him/her.
c. Imagine a rubbish bin – you could paint it all different colors if you like – and when Mr or Mrs Critic pops up – well just put it in the bin and put the lid on very firmly and walk away. You could even erect a sound barrier around the bin if you felt like it.
I joined the local camera club recently – thought it might be useful to find out a bit more about photography. I went on my first outing with the club this Sunday, up to Norah Head Light House. Got up at quarter to five – what a shock to the system that was! Here are some of the highlights, I would like to share with you.
I’m fascinated by the glowing light and all the reflections as
it revolves slowly in the silent night.
Light The Way
I love that deep blue of the clouds just before dawn.
This shot reminds me of something out of Riven – if you
ever played that computer game.
It is amazing what wind, water, salt and sun can achieve.
This one is my favourite I think – it inspires me to do a painting
– its like an abstract art piece.