How to scale up your Art Thinking

How to scale up your Art Thinking

I am standing in my new studio in Sausalito, California. Compared to my other studio, this one is way bigger, has a view of the harbor and will allow me to shoot better videos of making and teaching art. It is all very exhilarating but honestly, taking this step was kind of scary.

From my experience, moving into something new always comes with a degree of uncertainty. It takes a different kind of thinking.

And that is what I am talking about in today’s video.

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Over time, the pot of a houseplant can become too small. Just like plants, if we don’t get ourselves in a new, bigger pot, growth will be limited. Scaling up to do anything, whether it is a new studio or a new kind or size of art, always feels risky. However, that nervous energy is the very thing that makes up-leveling your art and life possible.

When was the last time you had to shift things? Is that time coming for you, too?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

Enjoy your art today.

Nicholas

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Where is the Value of your Art?

Where is the Value of your Art?

I spent a lot of time worrying about if people understood what I was trying to say with my Art. It turns out this is almost impossible to ascertain. It also is a waste of energy. And this is what I am talking about in today’s vlog.

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People are all so different, and everyone will see and feel different things when they experience your Art. I believe we make our best Art when we are free of any mental restrictions. The day I decided to give up caring what people might or might not feel when they see my Art, was the day my Art took a big step forward.

It is helpful to realize that there is far more value found in the making of your Art than others’ reactions once it is made.

What part of your Art making do you assign the most value?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

I hope you get to make some art today.

Nicholas

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HOW TO GET IN THE FLOW WITH YOUR ART

HOW TO GET IN THE FLOW WITH YOUR ART

Do you ever feel like it is hit-and-miss when making your art? That is how it was for me last night. I was going along great, and then I became distracted, and progress stalled. Sometimes it just feels like I am just pushing paint around.

So what is all this about? How can artmaking sometimes feel so good and other times not so much?

Well, that is what today’s video is all about. Here are the things that help me

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I know the jury is still out on how to get and stay in the flow. I am super curious. How do you get and then stay in the flow of your artmaking?

Please leave a comment below.

I hope your Sunday is going great.

Nicholas

PS If you haven’t already, join the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group by clicking here. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art.

How to call yourself an artist

How to call yourself an artist

I remember I used to have the most challenging time calling myself an artist. Inside, I felt like one. However, I wasn’t ready to give myself that title. A majority of my work was making illustrations and so I called myself an illustrator. I had the misguided belief that one title mattered more than the next. I mistakenly thought my title limited what I could become or the kind of Art I could make. Looking back, I see what a big waste of time all those deliberations were.

Today I am sharing how I sorted it out for myself.

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Spending 20 minutes concerning yourself about how others categorize you is 20 minutes too much. I have discovered people are pretty busy and don’t spend a lot of time thinking about us. And as my father used to say, “In a hundred years, there will be all new people.”

That always puts things in perspective for me.

Has anyone else struggled with titles?

Let us know in the comments by clicking here.

I hope your day in the studio is a good one.

Nicholas

PS If you haven’t already, join the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Groupby clicking here. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art.

How my studio wall works

How my studio wall works

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How does your studio wall work?” In other words, how do I hang all these different sized paintings on my painting wall? So today, I thought I would show you.

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I also share a tip about these 6″ x 18″ blocks of wood that hold my larger paintings off the ground. In most artist studios, old rickety paint cans are doing this job, but I find the wood blocks more stable and quick to set up, especially if you are alone in the studio. You can get them at any hardware store.

Let us know how you set up your painting wall in the comments by clicking here.

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend.

Nicholas

PS If you haven’t already, join the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group by clicking here. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art.

When is your Art done?

When is your Art done?

How do you know when your art is done?

This question never seems to have a clear answer. I am not sure if I entirely do either, but I can share three helpful ways I think about finishing my art. This is what I am talking about this morning.

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The first of three ideas around finishing is one that took me many years to understand. First of all, I need to like it to call it done. I also know it is personal. What feels finished for me won’t necessarily feel finished for you. To make this decision, I check the possibly finished art against my past work. Does this painting progress or continue the thread of my past work? It could be an exploration of color, shape, or even just a new feeling I am trying to cultivate in my art. But regardless, this is only something I can determine. And no matter how many people I ask, ultimately, only I can decide if my art is finished.

In the end, it is such a personal call.
I am so curious to know how you know when your art is finished.
Please leave a comment below.

I hope you make some art today.
Nicholas

PS If you haven’t already, join the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group by clicking here. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art.

I found this just down the hall…

I found this just down the hall…

I walked down the hall in my building, and I bumped into artist Terri Froelich. She was telling me how she is scaling up her work. It was super interesting to hear her talk about the whole process, so I asked to see her latest paintings. It was so fun to get a studio tour. Afterwards, I decided to come back and get one for you guys, too.

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I was surprised to hear, among other things, that her much larger art was not only feeling better than her smaller work but that it was easier to make. I also learned a thing or two about color just by looking at Terri’s paintings.

If you have a comment or question for Terri, leave it below…

I hope you have become a little more inspired after seeing Terri’s art. I know I did.

Have a great day in the studio.

Nicholas

PS If you haven’t already, join the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group by clicking here. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art.

PPS Be certain to check out Terri’s Instagram at @terri_froelich_art

Opening the door of your own art

Opening the door of your own art

I can clearly remember a time when just the idea of art-making was fraught with worries and concerns. It wasn’t the fact that my work was so bad. It was me. Sometimes I was overly concerned about what others might think about my art. Sometimes I would compare myself to other artists. Based on externalities, these feelings started to get in the way of my ability to create freely. They began to take the joy out of art-making.

It took a long time to realize my way around this issue. But eventually, I did. And this is the subject of today’s video.

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After way too many years, I realized that what I was focusing on was not ever going to get my art to where I wanted it to be. So, I began to shift my focus from the external and started paying more attention to the internal. I started paying attention to the feelings I wanted to have when I made my art. What made me feel alive in my art-making? Where did I want to take my art? As I became more clear, those concerns based on imaginary externalities faded. And as they did, my art became stronger. The fun and joy I was beginning to find in my own art evened out the emotional roller coaster of my art-making.

Looking back, it seems like such a simple solution. Of all the possible doors, the one worth opening is the one that leads back to ourselves. I love that idea.

Do you sometimes feel distracted by external concerns? And if so, how do you quiet them?

Let us know in the comments below.

Helping artists discover or rediscover the door that returns them back to their Creative Path is one of the fastest, most powerful ways to ignite or reignite their art.

Right now, a whole group of artists are about to begin a 21-day process to this discovery. It is called SPARK. It is a brand new online program that I have spent the last year creating. My favorite part is that all the art and experimentation is done in a sketchbook. By the end of the program, this will become your roadmap to take you to the kind of art that will bring you alive. And that can make all the difference in the world.

Check it out.
https://art2life.lpages.co/spark-2020/

We are leaving in just a couple of days.

I hope you can join us. It is going to be amazing.

Happy Sunday!
Nicholas

How to choose better for your Art + Life

How to choose better for your Art + Life

Do you ever feel like you made the wrong decision? Upon looking back, it seems so obviously wrong. How could I make that decision? Well, that is what I am talking about today.

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If you want to be better able to choose what you want, especially regarding your art-making, it helps to have criteria. Knowing what constitutes a YES, and more importantly, a NO beforehand, can increase your correct choices.

It is never that one decision that is particularly problematic but instead the sum total of many slightly off judgments over time. It is almost more important for those who are just beginning their creative path to pay attention and to stay focused on all that inspires you.

It is all about improving the batting average of your right decisions / how you spend your time, the kind of art materials you use, and even how you want to feel when making your art. These decisions matter. Especially in the beginning stages of the Creative Path.

A small adjustment in your direction in the beginning, can in the end, take you to an entirely different destination.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, October 19th, I am leading the free Creative Breadcrumb Challenge. It is a five-day challenge running next week that is all about clarifying your criteria for what is a yes and what is a no. I hope you can join us. Click the link below to join us.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE CREATIVE BREADCRUMBS CHALLENGE

What is your criteria for saying yes?

Let us know in the comments your strategy for staying current with all you desire in your art and life.

I hope your Sunday in the studio is fun.

Nicholas

Are you thinking big enough?

Are you thinking big enough?

I remember not feeling so good about the kind of art I was making. I thought it was because of my circumstances. I had all sorts of ideas about what was or was not possible for me. But years ago, I had a conversation with my father, Clifford Wilton, who changed all that. He said something to me that made me realize I was not thinking big enough and honestly imagining what I did want. Not just in my art, but my life, too.

And that’s what today’s video is all about.

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Every year around this time, I take some time to reimagine what truly lights me up, not just in my art but my life, too. They are both, as I know you know, intertwined. To get someplace, we must first imagine it. And imagine it often.

Let us know in the comments your strategy for staying current with all you desire in your art and life.

We would love to know.

This year I thought I would invite whoever wants to join me in my reimagining process. It is called the Creative Breadcrumbs Challenge. It is free, and it will walk you through the process I use to gain clarity, insight, and to fire up my art mojo. It starts in about a week on Monday, October 19th.

Here is a link if you would like to join me.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE CREATIVE BREADCRUMBS CHALLENGE

Hope your Sunday is going great.

Nicholas