Monday, 5 December 2011

Being Creative - but how?

"Mate o'Mine" - encaustic collage  on board (30x25cm)
I found an interesting post about being creative today on Terry Holliday's blog. Although I might not agree with all her details, it is encouraging to read this list and make myself aware of things which typically impede creativity.

"When it comes to art and being creative, there are no rules. Here are 6 things that every creative person must know about.

1. Aim to be different.

You can either aim to be “better” than all the other artists out there or you can aim to be “different”. Stop comparing yourself to other people. There will always be things that they can do better than you. Likewise, there are also things that you can do better than anybody else. You are in a class of your own. Embrace your uniqueness. Dare to be different. Look at Lady Gaga. When she was in grade school everyone would laugh at her for being weird. For being different. But it is because she has embraced her uniqueness that she has become the best selling artist she is today.

2. Challenges are what push you to be better.

No one likes having problems. But instead of thinking of them as problems why not think of them as challenges? Every time you are challenged you are pushed to become a better artist. Why? Because it is when you step out of your comfort zone that you learn and grow. There is more to art than what you already know. Be willing to discover new horizons.

3. Trust your gut.

We artists have gut feels. We know instinctively whether a piece of art needs something more or is just “right”. Yes, we should listen to what other people have to say. But in the end we should trust our instincts.

4. Simplicity is beauty.

A piece of art does not have to be complicated in order to be beautiful. More often than not, simplicity is the key to beauty. Remove distractions. Get rid of clutter. Decide what your main subject is and let everything revolve around that.

5. Make mistakes.

Making mistakes are the fastest way to learn. Don’t be afraid to go wrong. Make mistakes and learn from them. Avoiding failure is pointless. Sooner or later we’ll trip up. After all we are only human. Instead avoiding failure, learn to look at it from another perspective. Look at each “failure” as a learning experience.

6. Real artists create.

There are many kinds of artists. But the bottom line is real artists create their own stuff. Sure you can get inspired by the work of other artists. But don’t copy it. Make your own. Create your own mark. Try new stuff. Use old materials in different ways."


Deb Ammerman said...

Wonderful collage, and some excellent advice for artists. I've been reading the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, I'm not very far into it, but so far, it's excellent. :)

Sue said...

Thank you, Deb. I know J. Cameron's book too and tried to discipline myself into the "morning pages", but I'm afraid I didn't follow it up... Although I'm sure they are an excellent way of submerging into my imagination.

Carole said...

Very good advice. Great collage, I like the strong yellow against the black, it forms an interesting shape.

ArtPropelled said...

You could have been reading my thoughts. Thanks for putting them into words. Love your collage!

Sue said...

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Paula S In New Mexico said...

I like the little unexpected spot of blue......makes everything else pop.

Lindsay said...

Very will put and I agree with everything!
Lovely blog....very inspiring work