3 ways to keep creativity alive

  Every once in a while creative people hit that dreaded wall of, nothing. A blank canvas , screen, empty view finder etc all give you dread.  It can take a great tole on anyone when for the last few years, months , weeks or days have been full of productive creative outlets.  Over the last few months I have been in this slump myself. While it is still hard to get my pencil (or stylus) down for a good mind dump, I have regained my ability for other crafts. This being writing and most recently photography. The photos in this post are from a little creative trip I went on with my brother around town. While taking turns with the camera we had a blast and came back home (hungry) and inspired.
     While everyone is different I can suggest a few ways to get back on your feet and give your creative side a good adrenaline boost.

3 ways to keep the creative juices flowing

1. Get out once a month and make a date with your creative side
       My water colour teacher stressed this and called it an “Artist Date”. This can be going to gallery openings, seeing a play, visiting a museum etc The very act can help you in the long run.
    This is exactly what Matt (My adorable brother) and I did this week. It got us out of the house and made ourselves feel great by what we came back with. The best part is that He liked it so much that he wants to do it again next week! (We are going to squeeze a trip to our local tea shop on the way back, of course ~)
     If you know someone who is creative like you go out together and share the experience. I guarantee that you will love it!

I love how there is a story in this shot. It makes me feel like we are still part of England and on the way to independence.

2. Just Dooo ett (aka. Just Do it)
       For those who know me very well I have an “A-Type” personality, I get frustrated with myself when I can’t get what I want done. So, after a little yogic breathing, I let myself just do what ever to the surface I am working on. The key for this is to do it with out judgement and “Just do it”. In the past I have done this and found latter on that these “doodles” were very valuable for a latter work. Try it out or even try Artist Marcel Van Eeden’s series idea. Create one work each day.  During a class ,taught by Cathy Daley, this idea was used. Although we cut down the time greatly. Try out creating one work a second,minute or hour.  The results are very interesting.

Photography is light painting with light and colour (if you are a visual artist that is)

3. Read, research and have an open mind
       As I love doing research to either make an informed decision or even to confirm an idea, this is a regular outlet. The very act of gathering the information and reading it through, while comparing thoughts, works the left side of my brain. Most times depending on the research being done , I can string together a new idea. Pulling together what I have found to back it up. Its a little odd but I find it helps me think in new ways and find new material to read.
      If I had not been doing this I would never have found out that I love and adore reading materials on business. Inside and out, finance, HR etc. I adore learning something new about this sector or even researching a company such as Starbucks or even an individual like Oprah.  I will admit it may not be for everyone, but I do suggest you try it out, who knows what you will find that may inspire your next project!

Have fun and explore!

Artist talk at Toronto School of Art with Nicholas DiGenova

Nicholas starts out the evening by introducing early childhood work. Each work contained some sort of monster or chimera.
Durring his stay at OCAD He posted stickers around toronto to get his name out visually. Further into His studies after changeing over from sculpture to, drawing and painting He began to see a direction. His goal being to make money off his work as soon as possible. Talking to anyone and whomever he could.
Actively looked for submision oportunities, he then got some work in a book. Which then was bouht by a guy in NYC who had connections to a gallery. All this lead to being represented by Le Gallery in Toronto.
From haveing His work for free to being sold in a gallery seemed unfair if the same work was sold,again Nicholas looked at his roots and changed directon. Anime being one of the sources with the outlines distinct in his current work.
He atempted to recreate a “factory” by only working on the drawings and makeing refrences for an asisstant to use, as they laid down colour which was premixed. Audience member asked about “happy accidents” , Nicholas relplied that almost all of his work consists of accidents. No wasted material, any “accident” becomes part of the work.

Through some events on his trip to Barcelona He found an old taxadermy Museum near his residence. From the visit he began to draw the animals in pen and ink. He was trying to “create eco systems”. Grouping creatures wih like habitats together, although all of these are still chimeras.

~Tips for Artists~
1. Try to have something for everyone even if they can’t afford the main works (stickers, books,t-shirts) or cheep peices. If your work can go along side “products”.2.Mailing list. Add everyone. Maybe have a draw for a product, give their e-mail and can send to them.3. Publications. Magazines,blogs, etc. Helps people to see you work.4.Promote shows! Put flyers everywhere (Nicholas put hem in art magazines, NOW magazine, and even made posters the size of NOW magazine and replaced each mag in free bins with it).5.Tatoo image for free of a work. with exchange of a photo of the finished work. Send out high resolution image. 6. Get studio! leave a mess and spread out.
7.Internet. Website and Blog! 8.Work at it. Keep at the work, don’t quit! Make a schedule. Be driven to create your work!