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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Art is the expression of the self. The highest form of art is when you have expressed yourself in a way that you know you were honest with the process and your objective. These works of art, given royalty by some people, are truly expressive and very tasteful. Some want these kinds of art in the mainstream.
Pop culture had always been the enemy of the people who claim to be intellectuals, expressionists or abstract artists. Today, subcultures commit continuous slander against the media backed by companies and enterprises. The lack of the honesty in process and a clear objective makes the current pop culture the lowest form of art.
However, should we artists destroy pop culture?
Let’s take the equal forces law in physics. When you punch a wall, the wall punches your fist with an equal amount. When the pop culture becomes the lowest that it could be, that’s when the highest form of artistry comes out in the other end.
We should not destroy pop culture, not because artists consume it, but it serves as the “noise floor” of our vocal range. Amidst the great barrage of noise that exists with pop culture, only those with the most defined voices will come out of such gauge.
Without pop culture, there is no contradiction, and any artist knows the value of contradiction in creating a fine piece of work.
Artists with a creative block are often looking high above the sky when the answers to their questions are on the ground. For me, as an artist, discovering things is simple. It is often through trial and error. I love trying new things to spice up my work and fuel my imagination. Like all things, it starts a bit sketchy or even worse. But at least you discovered something more about yourself when you made that mistake.
Discovering things is trying new formulas to find a solution to your problem. If you could not get over drawing a hand, try drawing the hands the way you want to. Sure it looks awkward. Then try drawing it in a way how it should look. If you continue making errors, you have not learned enough yet. That’s what I tell myself.
It’s not about the different styles or perspectives that you have with your artworks. Sometimes, it’s just about how you do it. For example, if you’re feeling uninspired because of the lack of ideas, then you should try listening to yourself. Remember, art is expression and repetition is a form of art. If you need to repeat something, repeat it. Eventually you’ll find you’ve added some small additions that make your work more progressive rather than trying something totally different drastically.
Remember, always make it a point to find your soul first before you make something new, and if your soul craves for a new kind of art method, then try everything, even if you make a mistake. Because through mistakes is the only way you learn.