Chris Brogan has been encouraging his readers and friends to come up with 3 words to describe their goals and intentions during the next year. He cautions against writing out long, drawn-out statements or resolutions, the theory being that we end up making vague statements such as “I am going to exercise more.”
In that light, my 3 words are:
Simplify: Stop expending energy in a dozen different directions, hoping something will stick. Sit down, plan a little, think about what motivates you, fires your passion, and pursue the artists, bloggers, musicians, filmmakers that are doing it the best. Search their “secrets” of success, and begin to develop your own good habits.
Magnify: Once you have settled on your focused goals, magnify your efforts to expose your art, idea, product, song or film to the world. I never gave it much thought to reach out to interior decorators as a source of income from my art, for example. I will now.
Multiply: Once income begins to flow in, double your efforts to provide more of the same art, music, product, coaching, or service to your very loyal fans and clients.
Go be successful!
Keith Bond of FASO reminded me of an aspect of painting I am just now realizing: Favorite locations in nature can be changed or altered as you paint them. I have often viewed a a scene in nature that I thought was a perfect painting, except for this tree, or that pond. Or maybe I said to myself, “A pond in that area would make this scene so much better.” What I am now realizing, is that I was exercising a natural function of we artists. Keith Bond has described the process in his article “Show Me Your Relationship with Her.”
SHOW ME YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HER
by Keith Bond
How close you stay to (perceived) reality and how much you deviate and create something entirely new is completely up to you. But don’t be so tied to a literal depiction that you fail to see the possibilities of improving upon the design you see in nature. […]
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My Creator has graciously give me the ability to place colors and shapes together, on canvas, in a sort of harmony. The subjects for paintings are countless, as the time to paint them all is not.
I need to get busy!