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5 tips for true creative productivity

5 tips for true creative productivity

5 tips for true creative productivity

I was listening today to the interview with Samantha Bennett from at the Creative Summit Series . Samantha shared some tips there that I think are really inspiring and encouraging for beginning as well as experienced artists!

I picked out 5 tips that spoke to me the most, and would like to share my notes with you:

  • 15 minutes a day!

    Procrastinating hurts! Commit to spending 15 minutes a day on the project that matters most to you, BEFORE you check your email.

  • Don’t wait for an A+, get a C

    Perfectionism is a dream killer. Get a C. Quit trying to get an A+ . Get a C : just show up and do the work.

  • Change a barrier into a bridge

    The thing you think is a barrier actually can be the bridge. Change that BUT to an AND. It’s fine to be the way you are, just surf that, use that. BUT can keep you stuck for ever. AND propels it into something that can work for you instead of against you.

  • Hold on to sunshine goals, get rid of shadow goals

    Real goals are sunshine goals, they are inspiring, accelerating. They make you want to start, make a plan. There is a little spark in them. Shadow goals weigh you down, may be tied to a ‘should’ , cause an ‘ugh’ feeling, may be somebody else’s dream for you. Somehow it’s got some failure in it before you even start with them.  You don’t have to hold on to shadow goals, you can set them down.

  • And Remember: The World Needs Your Art

Sounds interesting? Head over to the interview or to Sam Bennet’s website (links above)

More great interviews with leading artists, creatives and coaches can be followed at the Creative Summit Series, organised by Bonnie Glendinning.

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Entree building Het Loo, Apeldoorn – Modern architecture, abstract impression

Nederlands (link).

Entree building of Palace Het Loo, modern architecture by architect Koen van Velsen. The combination of windows, stairs, mirrors and reflections of the autumn landscape outside makes for a abstract impression . Photographed in Crown Domain ‘het Loo’, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, during a panel testing day with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – organized by the Dutch photography Magazine ‘Focus’ .


Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 01

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 01


Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 02

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 02


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Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 03

365 collections by Lisa Congdon

Last week I followed a 3 days on-line course on CreativeLive : “Become a Working Artist” with Lisa Congdon.
It was a great course and you haven’t been able to follow it live, or to see a re-broadcast, it is possible to buy the course in 22 downloadable video segments.  I really recommend it for everyone who would like to make an income by making art. I surely learned a lot and will likely go back to my notes or rebroadcasts in the future.


A collection a day


During one of the sections of the course, Lisa told us about one of the projects she did a few years ago. It’s called ‘A collection a day’ , and that’s exactly what it is: during a whole year, every day, Lisa either photographed or drew a collection, and posted about it on her blog. I was so fascinated about that idea that I went over to take a look at it, and … it’s marvellous! The variation in the objects she collected and photographed is enormous, and the fact that she alternated the photo’s with her own drawings and illustrations of collections made the whole only more colourful and varied.
I LOVE collections too, and have been collecting small, ordinary things of all kinds all my life. The idea of putting them together and showing them to the world is so awesome. It gives the ordinary things that colour and beautify our lives another dimension, and ‘a larger impact’… And what a commitment to do this every day, 365 days, a whole year long! That’s something I would never manage to do. But I would like to do something more with my own little collections too, and Lisa’s project definitely brought me some great ideas!


Day 1: Vintage erasers by Lisa Congdon (*)

Day 331 : Plates by Lisa Congdon (*)

Lisa’s collections are now recently printed as a book, and I think it would be great to have something like that on your coffee table, and to browse through it once in a while. Something for my wish list for sure! So if you love collections too, and would like to have a look, head over to her blog, where you can see all her blogposts online, or to her website, where Lisa tells you about her project, and the way she went about it, and where you can order her book!


Signed Copy of A Collection a Day Book

Book: “A collection a day” by Lisa Congdon (*)

Thanks a lot, Lisa, for a great course, and for this great inspiration!
Lisa’s website:
(*) Photo’s by Lisa used with permission.

Tell me about your collections!

Do you have some collections yourself, and did you ever photograph them or blog about them? If you did, do let me know, I would love to come and see yours!