Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Notes on the Art Life

As artists
we are always
emerging and learning, 
we never really arrive... 
we are always becoming..

so, today I offer these tips humbly 
dear reader..

we start with the evil inner critic..

1. Learn to Silence your Inner Critic- I used a capital S because this is really important if you are going to create anything..  do not diminish yourself or your art, (mentally or verbally) you will improve and as you do, when you look back on your work, you will see disparity between where you were and where you are, that will only continue, IF you keep working... 
so deal with it.. 
there are a million books about silencing the critic..
I simply listen to my critic and then I do exactly what she doesn't want me to do..
and I usually stick my tongue out at her when I do it!!

2. Be Yourself- listen to your own inner voice, reject popularity and follow wherever your muse leads, if that also happens to be in the mainstream, so be it, but allow your muse to have her way with you and no body gets hurt! Suffering as an artist comes with always doing what is expected... being pigeon holed....
no matter who you are, you have a unique voice, style and artistic attitude. 

3. Don't Compete- Comparisons are definitely odious and they murder creativity. Being jealous of another artist is artistic suicide. The universe is abundant, and there is room for everyone to succeed. Gardeners have a saying..  "nothing blooms all year" everyone has their time in the sun, and art is not a competition.. 

4. Working VS Creating- if you have to work at a job in order to finance your beginning or budding art career, make sure you love what you do. Picasso said, "Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time" 
Find a job that you love, in my case I worked as an antiques dealer and sold my art and the beautiful things I loved, holding pop up sales and having the time of my life.. do something you love and that love will be reflected in your work..

5. Do Not Wait For Inspiration- just do it.. get up each day and hit the studio, work at it, play with it allow whatever happens to happen, release agendas, and just go make cool stuff.. When your mojo is gone, that is an indication that you need to PLAY ... you cannot find what you are looking for when you think it is lost..

6. Keep Learning- if you like classes, take one, but keep learning, experiment, try new things, new products... my favorite question in the studio is ... " I wonder what would happen if I did this---?
be a mad artistic scientist... good things happen when we suspend judgment and expectations..

7. Network and Reach out -  Associate with other artists.. the days of isolation in the studio are long gone, it used to be so lonely to be a studio artist, finding your tribe is so important, learn and share, cheerlead and encourage, what you give out has a way of coming back to you..

and that last point leads us to 
someone who has been a friend to me...
another artist..
Pamela Gerard

she sent me these fabulous antique images of butterflies
and stamps..

and if you stop by her blog, please tell her I sent you..

introduce yourself and make a new friend..
but be warned..
she believes in 

we are at ciao for now..

and I am off on another holiday..

and will hopefully have some lovely photos for you when I return ...

Thank you 
for your kind readership..
your subscriptions..
and your comments..

you are much appreciated..



Randi Kuhne said...

Wonderful post full of great advice and encouragement! Thanks!

froebelsternchen said...

What an encouraging post!
Happy Holidays!

Cappuccinoandartjournal.blogspot.com said...

Cat -- many thanks for the shout out and the lovely photos of the ephemera I sent you. Very fun to be surprised. And love your tips too. Have a wonderful and artful vacation.

Don said...

Well done Cat. Always inspiring.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Have a great Holiday trip!!

Unknown said...

How did you know I needed that kick in the bum?! Thank you...timely indeed. And have the most awesome holiday EVER!

Dorthe said...

Such a beautiful friendship, resulting in these amazing gifts, dear Cat.
And a very happy vacation to you, -bring back home joy, and lovely memories !
Warm hug from Dorthe

michelle said...

I love these words so much. Thank you! It's not easy keeping these things in mind... especially because I'm just starting out and teaching myself mixed media art. But the journey along the way has been rewarding!! lots of love

Isabell said...

Such encouraging and gentle advice. This is a post to re-read..............often!

Createology said...

I am so happy I came to visit and read ths very important post you have written. Wise words for everyone! My inner critic has stifled me for decades. My muse has pretty much gone deaf mute and MIA. Lovely Butterflies which I adore. Creative Bliss and Safe Travels...<3

Caterina Giglio said...

Randi, thank you so much, so glad you liked it!

Caterina Giglio said...

Susi, Thanks so much, had a wonderful holiday!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Pamela, Thank You!! for all the awesome papers and stamps, I was just delighted, jumping up and down happy!! Thanks for the goodies and your generous friendship! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks, Don, I am happy you liked the post! xx

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, it was sooo chilly!! thought I took enough warm clothes!! ha ha!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Bonnie, gosh, did I write that just for you?? Guess it resonated with a few people! so glad and hope it was uplifting!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Dorthe, we have cultivated a world of friendships, haven't we? We are so blessed!! I am just so delighted!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Michelle, write the ones down that you need and post them in your studio. I know it isn't easy starting out, but you will find your way and I see you are enjoying the process, which is paramount! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Isabell, thanks, so glad it resonated with you and yes, you can come back to it when you need to! thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! I so appreciate your feedback! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Dear Createology, I am so sorry to hear that you have had such issues in the studio and hope that my gentle words will soothe the muse inside. I am happy to report that I am home and it was a lovely and safe journey! xo

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