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Yue Minjun in his studio. Photo credit: www.boredpanda.com

Yue Minjun in his studio. Photo credit: www.boredpanda.com

There are many challenges the artist must face to pull off a consistent art practice. But today I don’t want to talk about those. Besides, they pale in comparison to these positive ideas and truths regarding art making that I have come to embrace and believe. When I am not making my art, I am busy teaching these principles in workshops, mentorships, blogging and other programs. I have found that these points – when even slightly embraced – can dramatically shift, not just your outlook, but also your art and then ultimately your life.

It has been my experience, I am happy to report, that these are true. Today I would like to focus on the first eight…

8 Positive Points on Art Making

1 Intention actually changes what comes across your path. Saying out loud what you want helps it become so.

2 Artists can create any kind of art and build careers in any direction they choose.

3 The process of art making can become an enjoyable, creative, and financially sustaining practice.

4 All success is taught, especially in art. Artists realize this and no longer invalidate themselves or their work because they simply have not been given the information they need to achieve their goals.

5 Art does not fit in any particular category. It is by its very nature limitless and those that make it are inspired because of this fact. It excludes no one.

6 Making personal, authentic art gives the rest of the world permission to do the same.

7 People will collect your art because it makes them feel and see the world in a way they have never before. Your work transports them.

8 Sharing your art and what you know with those not as far along helps make you a better artist. There is more than enough for everyone. There is abundance for those who give.

I know for many of you these are familiar but possibly there are a couple in here that are not. If so, then hopefully you will feel just slightly more buoyant, slightly more energized as a result of discovering them.

When I read these, it reminds me of the tremendous possibilities available for not just me, but for all artists.

It is an amazing time in history to be an artist.

Do all these 8 points resonate with you? What are some of yours? I would love to improve this list with your help.

Have a great rest of the week!

In gratitude, Nicholas

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