Stepping Outside the Bounds of Concentration

Most artists concentrate so deeply with their artwork that they add more details to make their work more interesting for themselves. However, things get overproduced to a point that the artist loses the message of his or her artwork and leaves him or her unsatisfied with the final product. Sometimes, the solution is not in adding more details or changing perspectives. It might just be because artists have developed their “tunnel vision” quite severely.

“Tunnel vision” is not exactly a form of sickness, but rather, it is a situation where an artist is already focused on one idea that they fail to recognize other ideas or impulses coming into their system. Because of the lack of new perspectives, the artist forms an ideal product in their heads, which leads to frustration, especially for perfectionists.

It is important to recognize that stepping outside the bounds of concentration, and letting the artwork have its own life by allowing it to move in the natural direction it should, will help alleviate the frustrations involved in making the artwork. This can only happen if one is able to digest even the most absurd ideas or impulses, which might be difficult especially if the artist is already attached to the artwork.

Stepping outside the bounds of concentration allows for viewing things in a new perspective, giving way to new symbolisms for many artworks.

Talking in Gibberish, or Communicating Using Symbolisms

A friend of mine once asked me how me and her could communicate without saying anything. Often, I would show her a sign of a cupped hand and she would serve me coffee. She would give me a sign point her temples sliding down her cheek to indicate that our project was already okay. These signs are subjective semiotics simply because we have worked for a very long time with each other and it has developed effectively.

Art is similar in its own way. If someone placed a famous pop culture monster in the set of some cutesy animation, they will be evoking a different message showing that monsters can also be sweet. An old-style music mixed in a horror set, regardless of the song’s message of love or lust, can make things creepier especially with the ambience of the movie.

Symbolism is one way to express art. People recognize patterns similar to morse codes even if you are saying unintelligible language. You may have probably played the simulation game “The Sims”, which features its own, unintelligible language evokes emotions, which makes it easy for players to anticipate their own reaction to a non-player character.

In a more horrid type of art, a laptop made of flesh might mean the laptop is actually full of evil secrets, or secrets of the flesh. An unrelated bicycle wheel becoming one of the eyes of a tentacle monster can evoke strangeness, but also the personality of the designer, which the script of a movie or a scenario could tell further about.

Try to mix random things and look at it, then try to explain it to yourself.

Compensation Claims: Keeping Your Insurance and Health in Check

As most of us artists are freelance to help us enjoy our work without time restraints, many of us tend to neglect the practical side of things. For the sake of better art, we allow ourselves to deteriorate with vices and spend all our money on irrational things. We also want to experience things, including dangerous ones.

I was raised with exceedingly practical parents who taught me about money because my family weren’t so well off. Sure, I experienced the meaning of not having much and valuing all that remains in your life and I apply it to my art. But then, it also taught me that I need to invest my money in places because my art career won’t last forever.

I’m a heavy smoker and even up to now, I still smoke cigarettes. I need them to help myself de-stress and allow my brain power to concentrate on the necessary details. However, this meant I was to pay a high price for insurance.

But given artistic vices, at any time, they can claim your organ, or even your life

You won’t want to call no win no fee lawyers because when you die from your vices, you have no one to chase compensation from. If you have an insurance company though, your lawyers can look after you financially by discussing your claim amounts with your insurer.

Always keep your health in check. It’s alright to create art and let yourself go, but from time to time, you can avoid many hassles in life by doing something for the practical side of things.

The Magic of Distractions

Most people will tell you that they hate distractions especially when they’re on the verge of accomplishing something they’ve longed to finish, or discovering something that took a great amount of time to do so. Regardless, being distracted is something that people hate, but not everything is a problem if you look at it from another perspective.

When I was a kid, distractions were my inspiration. When I saw a bird, I always imagined it before I ran to see what it looked like. Sure, it did not look like the bird from my imagination, but I did like the idea of imprinting the appearance of that bird into my drawings. That was when my creative process began.

I got distracted by the bird, which is why I got inspired. If not for the bird, my imagination would not have stirred. I would not have had any idea of what a bird should look like for me. If I took the bird as how it would appear in real life, then I lacked creativity to imagine its true appearance.

Welcome distractions can also ease your creative process. When you need a break from your ideas, you could always distract yourself by doing something else. Play a videogame, talk to people, take a walk outside and observe things. Distractions can keep your mind going into many places that it can get lost to and eventually, you’ll find the right inspiration.

So try it. A distraction might make you a good masterpiece.

Absence Makes the Imagination Grow Wilder

Are you still uninspired? Maybe you’ve been doing too much of your painting strokes. Maybe you’ve been writing too many melodies that you find all that you wrote repetitive. Maybe you’ve been taking photographs of almost anything that you forget about the essence of the subject.

The essence of the subject.

An artist could often lose the essence of the subject if he or she focuses on improving technique that an art form loses its own excitement and joy. Technique improvement is essential in making artworks for better expressing yourself, but focusing on your capability to express rather than the “meat” behind your work makes for a very static and unappealing product.

How about you focus on the absence of technique?

Do you still remember how you first took up a pen and drew your first portrait or landscape? Do you still remember the first time you tried to play each note an instrument is capable of without making any sense of the sound? Do you still remember that time you picked up the camera and took pictures of something or of yourself, which piqued your interest in capturing moments?

If you do, then focus on expressing something without the need of technique

Start and end simple.

The feeling of accomplishment will be very pleasing even for a simple, less technical subject if you know that you had put your heart and inspiration into an artwork.

When your technique is absent, your imagination grows wilder. Then your techniques come in to finish and improve the work you had begun.

The Greatest Reward You Could Give Yourself

After the end of a long, tiring week of studying, doing your artworks or just being “in the field” of work and other hardship you have, you reward yourself with something you do not routinely do, such as drink or at least spend time doing something fun without thinking of your duties. You might consider this as the biggest reward you can give yourself. We even have Christmas and New Year to celebrate the end of something.

A reward is given because something ended in a way that you and other parties find acceptable and beneficial. A reward is also a way to relax your mind after putting up for all the stress to get to the results you need. A reward becomes very memorable because just a single, solitary moment, thing or person summarizes all your sacrifices.

But without sacrifices, you could not appreciate any form of reward. If you’re an artist, if you know your inspiration is not enough to create such a form of expression, song or anything, then you do not find the final product as rewarding. You may have met the expectation of making a song, but you do not feel you deserve a reward for the things you materialized by yourself.

I’ve been through those places where I just use my impulse to create something. Impulse is a native expression and sometimes, you could get good results by knowing what you actually want from your art. It is when you know what you want and you know it is difficult, that makes the reward greater than anything else you had received in the world thus far.

The greatest reward you could give yourself is accomplishment. The identification of an objective to make yourself significant and the accomplishment of such is the very factor why many people are inspired to be alive.

Do You Really Need a Muse?

I am a woman. I know you know that based on my writing style and the way I try to explain things. However, when I start on a project, I’d like to work with someone they call a muse. In mainstream education and knowledge, a muse is somebody, usually a woman, who becomes the source of inspiration for artworks and other creative ideas.

It is not necessarily important that when you’re an artist you always have a muse. It is highly likely that you could produce artworks because of numerous influences you have gathered throughout your brainstorming or knowledge-processing. However, it could be as vague as the common perception of true love.

Why I’d like to work with a muse is because it preserves the honesty of my artwork. With genuine feelings and emotions come genuine strokes and strides on canvas, the blotting of ink from a pen or the vibrations of strings or components in a musical instrument. They preserve the honesty because it is something that comes from within, or rather, comes from the heart.

However, you won’t even need to have a muse to make works of art. Some of the ideals you have, or rather, your muses, comes from your own knowledge. This helps you build on new perspective, which is highly crucial in making good art.

So, do you really need a muse? Maybe you do, but for sure, that muse should be somebody that ignites a certain form of passion that is (or could be) dangerous for you, and the only way to contain it is by making art.

“Letting Go” Of Your Artworks

In my personal experience, I’ve actually worked on a project that I loved so badly, it cost me a great deal of time trying to let go of other improvements that I thought it would benefit from. In reality, the improvements I’ve done actually worked for the project, but it took up so much of my creative time that I never worked on a new project.

Projects are fun especially during the preparation and pre-production phase where you choose the canvas, the colours, the art style and expressionism you’ll use and the theme. Once your done realizing these pre-production measures, you will likely want to improve and fine-tune certain details of your artworks. This is where it gets messy.

It took quite a lot of time for me to let go of my favourite project that I mentioned. What finally had me move on was the fact that I needed to challenge myself to improve my artwork and not indulge in fancying my old artworks.

In art, you want to express yourself in your own way and your own distinct style and if you can let go of your many artworks easily, you help challenge yourself to develop better skill and composition to top something you favoured so badly.

Imagine, if you can make tons of art and projects that would make it difficult for you to let go, then it is much better than just focusing on one. Just a food for thought.

Financial Conduct Authority Slates 12 Financial Companies for Action

The city watchdog recently published its findings upon investigating 18 banks for PPI claims handling and found that 12 out of 18 banks had great shortcomings in delivering quality service for UK consumers’ PPI complaints. They said they plan on referring one financial company for enforcement action and some of the remaining may be fined.

PPI pays out £3000 on average and anybody mis sold PPI deserves to be compensated. You could click here to know more about PPI mis selling.

The FCA said that some of the firms failed to take into consideration the inclusions and exclusions of the insurance policy, the customer’s financial and health during the time of purchase and cannot provide a clear explanation for the delay in decision of their PPI complaints.

The Financial Ombudsman also said that banks are still rejecting consumers with valid claims. The organisation reported an influx of 266,238 PPI complaints in the first two quarters of 2013 with 80% of the claims upheld in favour of consumers. FOS chief Natalie Ceeney said that she was disappointed banks cannot follow the example the FOS had set in handling consumer PPI complaints.

If you need legal advice and counsel regarding making a PPI claim, do not hesitate to call on a PPI claims management company such as http://www.ppicalculatorcompany.org.uk for help.

Control and Decontrol: Your Cycle in Creating Art

Most artists would claim that their work is “alive” even if they cannot completely explain their thought process or planning in making your art. Some artists just choose to do art on a whim; without any planning, they express their first thought in the first abstract method they can think of. Some are systematic; they will choose the kind of instruments, colors and hues they need for their art form.

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The human mind is a powerful tool that enables them to surpass the intellect of animals physically better-equipped by nature. This intellect allows them to outsmart and control. However, when one tries to control everything, one develops no meaning. Instead, one tries to create a meaning that could not be formed not without a localized context.

A localised context is when you align yourself with your surroundings. A son in a family is the male child in the family. Without a family, the child is not a son, but only a male child. To create meaning, one must allow one’s self to decontrol, to lose all faculty of reason and dive into something.

When one recovers from decontrol, this is where he or she starts to realize his or her feelings and emotions about what previously happened. Realization brings about understanding and then the proper method of expression.

To create fine, honest and expressive art, one must understand that the creativity process cannot be controlled. Instead, it should be left alone and given time to grow itself. Good things are never easy.