5 tips for true creative productivity
I was listening today to the interview with Samantha Bennett from theorganizedartist.com 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.
Yesterday, July 23, I ‘celebrated’ that it was exactly 2 months ago that my first card was approved at GCU (Greeting Cards Universe). After two months of tedious work, I’m happy to see that, with 30 cards approved, and 108 more cards uploaded and still pending, my little card store there is getting some shape and volume. Now, I’m counting hours till the reviewers, within a few days hopefully, will reach my first cards in the waiting queue, which I submitted on a rate of 2 or 3 a day … So as from now, hopefully, a few new cards will be added to my store every day!
Time to start thinking about a surprise welcome action on the occasion of my “Official Opening” on Friday August 23 !! More news about that soon!
HINT!: One little hint already: If you go over to have a look at my store, be sure to leave a comment under “Testimonial” (scroll down to the bottom of the page) – All comments, suggestions and feed back are most welcome! Thank you for your visit!
Welcome to visit my store and shop my cards!
Please do leave a Testimonial message!
In my second week of the “30 days”-challenge, I focused on squares and rhombuses. – Here’s my week 2 overview
For week 3, the focus will be on “Circles and curved lines”
You can follow my daily attempts to explore these shapes on my Dutch Blog or on Flickr :SHAPES ~Steppeland
The blogs or Flickr photo streams/sets of my fellow participants in this challenge, you can find here (hover over the names to see their themes):
celticfrogreviews , kimbomac , sgatanstu, akhenatenor, KatDanson , justjess1974 , CraigMc , Dimfja aka Bruce UC4SP , Secretatlantis , Ercolano , LunaStone , Lmorrow57 , meaghan900 , Kenght , darynthe , MadamMtnLion
Dandelion seeds – filled with dew drops
Photographed in “De Riethoek” (the Reed Corner) , a small natural area in Amsterdam SouthEast, the Netherlands.
text added: ‘Softness’ –