Are you playing big?

Do you ever feel like your art has stayed the same for too long?

When this happens to me I do a this really cool exercise. It totally works for me. Let me show you …

Here is the basic idea…    

I give myself the task of only doing two things. Do something big and make it different than what I have done before. Whatever you make, providing it answers those two criteria, will often jumpstart your creativity. 

Bold, different moves lead to bigger, faster changes in your art. 

And change is what it is all about. Especially in art. 

How do you jumpstart your creative process? Let us know in the comments below.

Hope your day in the studio is great.

Nicholas

PS The winners of the Sennelier T shirt giveaway are Kelly Bracamontes and Kendra who commented about overcoming her dry spell in art. 

Shoot me an email at info@art2life.com with your shirt size and mail delivery address! Congratulations! 

Special thanks for the folks over @artsavoirefaire for hooking us up with a few of these great shirts. Also check out @sennelier1887 to learn more about these oil pastels and oil sticks.

If you want to purchase them you can find them here https://www.art2life.com/product-category/pastels/ or in better art stores in your area.

PSS If you are new to Art2life, click on the link below to get my free Color Tips PDF.

This can help improve the color in your art.

Color Tips Download.

Are you a stranger to your art?

Hi there,

I have been away from my studio
this summer. When I returned, I felt
like a stranger to my art.

Do you ever feel this way?
I used to struggle with this
every time I came back after
a long break.

But I figured out some helpful
tips that might work for you too.

How can we drop back into our
art making quicker and easier?

That is what today’s Vlog is all about.

I explain 3 key concepts.

#1 Take imperfect action.
It is all about actually doing something
that you can see. It doesn’t have to be good
it just has to be started.

#2 Convenience vs Commitment.
Our art is the later. It never is
slam dunk easy or convenient.
Don’t expect it to be.
Make a commitment to action,
to doing something that
moves the needle.

#3 Use the strategy of “play.”
A play mindset can help you more easily
re engage with your art. It creates
a feeling of wonder, curiosity and
one that is less serious. This, by the way,
is the optimal head space for making
your most extraordinary art.

These 3 concepts have helped me.

Let us know what helps you in the comments below.

Hope your Sunday in the studio is fun.

Nicholas

PS From those who comment on
today’s Vlog I will choose two
people to win a Sennelier shirt
like the one I am wearing. I will
announce the winners next week.

Special thanks for the folks over
@artsavoirefaire for hooking us up
with a few of these great shirts.
Also check out @sennelier1887
to learn more about these
oil pastels and oil sticks.

If you want to purchase them
you can find them here
https://www.art2life.com/product-category/pastels/
or better art stores in your area.

PSS If you are new to Art2life,
click on the link below to
get my free Color Tips PDF.

This can help improve
the color in your art.

Color Tips Download.

Still hoping your art will turn out?

Hi there,

I call it hope painting.
This is when you just hope
that your art is going to turn out.

Sometimes it does and sometimes it
doesn’t.

This was my experience,
till I figured out a new way.

It is all about asking one
little question.

Less hope and more
clarity will always
create your best art.

What questions do you ask to make
your best art?

Let’s talk about this below.

Nicholas

PS If you are new to Art2life,
click on the link below to
get my free Color Tips PDF.

This can help improve
the color in your art.

Color Tips Download.

Be Bold and Begin

Hi Everyone,

Starting a new piece can be a bit like traveling
to someplace new without a map – you may know
a little about where you’re going, but without directions
it will take you longer than it should to arrive.

With that in mind, when I begin a painting, I
find the best thing to do is to be bold. So if I have
a panel covered in dark paint, I’ll then place some
light shapes over it. The contrast in value will
help direct me where to go next.

Watch the video.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
When you begin a painting, what do you do to
help determine your next mark?

In gratitude, Nicholas

Making Your Mark

Hi everyone,

It’s incredibly gratifying to finish
a painting. Seeing everything completed
and in the right place – it’s like coming home at
the end of a long journey.

There’s just one thing left to do: the signature.
Now, not every artist signs their work, which is fine!
It’s really a matter of preference. When it comes to my
paintings, for example, I do like to sign them.

Watch the video and see how I do it

There are of course a million ways to do this – no one
method is the best – but what do you think about this?
Do you like to sign your work, and if so, how?

I would love to know!

In gratitude, Nicholas

Your Art is made yours by one thing…

The process of making authentic art actually begins before you even start.

What you choose to look at, think about and even remember is ultimately what makes your art yours. In other words, what you put in affects what you create.

Especially when making Art.

This is what I am talking about today.

The strength of your art, your output, is contingent on your input.

The more discernment involved in the curation of all that inspires you, the more authentic your art becomes.

It is a simple idea but one we often overlook.

Do you curate your input? In what ways?

Let us know in the comments below.

And if you are new to Art2life, click on the link below and get my free Color Tips download.

This can really help you improve the color in your art.

Color Tips Download

Hope your Sunday is great.
Nicholas

How to choose better colors, quicker.

Is it hard to choose
the right colors when
creating your art?

I used to really struggle with this.
I would spend a ton of time
changing colors and in the end the colors
I ended up with were not really any
better.

And then I started choosing colors
in a different way.

It has to do with looking at three important
aspects of color.

These are value, saturation and harmony.
Choosing colors based upon these, especially value,
can markedly change and improve your Art.

This helped my art process so much.
Maybe this approach, or even part of it,
can help you too.

If you are new to Art2life,
click on the link below and
get my free download that goes
into quite a bit more about color.

You can get it here:
Color Tips Download.

Thanks so much
Nicholas

Improve Your Life And Your Art

Our art is really just
a sequence of choices.

A series of “Yes I like this”,
or “No, I don’t like that”
decisions.

In the end it is
all about discernment.

To get good at this we need to
practice. Not just in our art but
also in our life.

Discernment is the primary
factor in making your art, truly
yours.

Focusing on discernment
in both Art and Life
optimizes both.

It can make the mediocre,
extraordinary.

Are you saying “yes” when maybe it should be a “no”?

Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for sharing a small part of your Sunday
with us,

Nicholas

What does your Design look like from 30,000ft?

Hi, for the past 2 days
I have been talking about Design
because the Art2life Free Workshop
has started!

Go here to grab your spot!
We just started with lesson 1 Design
and have 3 to do over the next week.

Today I am talking about the
importance of seeing the 30,000ft
view of your art.

From a distance you can
best see how one change
affects all the areas of your art.

Understand too,
that changing your art, improving
the design is usually done
in smaller, incremental changes.

It usually takes repeated efforts
to get one’s art really strong.

Design is one of the
most powerful principles
available to us and that is why it is the first lesson
in the Free Art2life Workshop
this week.

Hope to see you there!

Nicholas

PS During the next week I will be doing
additional training in the A2L facebook group.

Click on this link to join the group!

Which kind of fear do you have?

Fear holds us back in our art.

But not all fear is the same. Knowing which kind of fear
you have is important to discern.

Most fears come from not knowing the answers.
Uncertainty in life and art conjures up a little fear
almost every time.

And this is a good thing. At least in art making.

Watch the video and I will show you…

Uncertainty forces us to use our intuition and when this occurs
our art becomes more personal. Not knowing, in the end, can
dramatically improve our art.

What do you fear?

Leave a note in the comments below!

Nicholas

PS I am launching the FREE Art2life workshop on
April 26th, 2019. To sign up, just click here!

PSS If you would like to take a deeper dive into all things art,
just join my free Art2life Facebook group, which you can do
by clicking here. Hope to see you in there!