An update on the New and Improved CreateQuest, plus one of the best books that Chris and Josh have ever read!
Most high-performers see “making progress on meaningful work” as the best motivator there is, which means the inverse is also true. Lack of progress destroys motivation.
The fifth and final mindset that prevents creativity! It’s a big one. The mindset that our art requires perfection.
This is all about the mindset of “cheating” when using photos or Photoshop for visual artists.
#3 Don’t Leave it For Later The third unproductive mindset in that note was. Don’t leave it for later. This reminded me of a tool that Richard Schmid urges us to use from his book Alla Prima.
#2 We Need the Perfect Subject. For months I worked on a series of drawings for Zoofit.net called Fandom Fitness.
Inspired by a post on fstoppers.com we are going to go over the first of 5 mindsets that prevent creativity. Perfect materials and conditions.
Are you going for average? Of course not!. We all have the ability to make ourselves average or into a warrior. Which will you choose?
Seeking order in my environment is like burning sage to banish Resistance and invite the Muse. Or Flow. Whatever you want to call it.
The best way to improve anything is to measure it. If you want more art time, measure how much time you spend and on what.
Knowing that you have the potential to do something better, then settling for less…that’s hell.
Today, technology is ubiquitous and for the most part it’s wonderful. But when we are scrolling through Instagram and comparing ourselves to others it can be debilitating.
“The greatest creative minds, producing masterpieces in art, literature, dance, music, and the sciences, have never been satisfied with their works. Never judge yourself by what you have done. Judge yourself in terms of what you will do. You are not the past. You are the present becoming the future.”
Once you figure out what it is you want to accomplish or the practice you want to establish, set yourself on a path of constant improvement in those few, essential areas.
Why focus on MORE when we can focus on getting BETTER? Better balance, better contributions, creation over destruction? This is the quality over quantity principle at its core.
When we create the space for daily practice we invite Inspiration to come in and change our lives forever.
You can be creative on your worst day by setting a minimum and rocking it for the rest of your life.
Most creators now days put technical skill before our passion. Robert Henri and I think that is a mistake!
If you want to lose weight, have mental acuity and perform better in everything get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
Prioritization is great — and necessary — but if you have your priorities figured out and you STILL can’t fit them all into your life, then it’s time to make your big rocks a little bit smaller and easier to handle. Be effective, do the essential, make it effortless.
One of the best practices we can use to keep our motivation high is self compassion.
Here is the thing that most artists never show you. Great art takes time! A lot of time!
To feel accomplished with every art session you have, even if you don’t have enough time, there are three easy steps.
I’ve learned that if you put in the work, the results MIGHT follow. At least when you put in the work you increase the odds of results happening. Because the odds of “it” happening are zero if there’s no effort involved.