Life lessons an artist can teach you – Part 3

Why do I think I have something to share that might help? Well someone called me wise and it got me to thinking… Third part of the ongoing blog series. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

11. Learn from those who came before. Read biographies, the classics – and look at art.

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12. Be present. Look to see the small details in your day. There are rich rewards there. Artists are always looking for the little gems hidden in our everyday and in their work. It is these small surprises that lead us in the right direction for our art practice. Notice what you love.

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13. Never say “I can’t (draw) (do it) (cope)”. Our brains are wired to make our words true. Saying it is a sure way to make it so. Artists are constantly pushing their abilities and stepping out of their comfort zone. Struggle is good. It’s how “new” is born.

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14. Share. True joy comes from sharing, even when we lack confidence. Share your stories, adventures, achievements. They inspire others and help confirm to yourself that you did it and that you are capable of doing it again, or doing more. Sharing your stories before you feel you are ready might very well encourage someone else to start on their own story journey. Plus it will give you added confidence to continue on when you get encouraging feedback… feedback is usually good; if it’s not, make a mental note not to share with that person again and remember their negativity is theirs, not something you need to take on.

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15. Find your own style. Don’t be afraid to be you. It will be the best decision you ever made. No one will care. They’re all worrying about what people are thinking of them! Being uniquely yourself will get you noticed. Carry it with confidence (fake it until you make it) and before you know it you’ll be the cool one, the different one that others are wondering if they should be like. We were all born unique, now let’s live up to that!

Until next time, I hope you are having a wonderful week! Feeling brave? Share your story, adventure, creation, personal style with me – please! Comment below 🙂

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      Hi Peggy,
      Thanks for contacting me about this. I have just emailed you the ebook. I’m having a lot of trouble with my newsletter subscription form at present. Thanks for your perseverance!

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  1. Great series Jan! I really love number 14, Share. That one is a constant challenge for me to put myself out there even if ideas or art are not “perfect”. Just accepting when things are just o.k and still sharing. There’s so much pressure from society to be “amazing” or “fabulous” all the time. That “sharing when you don’t feel ready” really resonated with me. That’s for the reminder!

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      Hi Katherine! Thanks for saying that! I think I needed that reminder today too!!!! It’s not easy being an artist some days. Thanks!

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