Learn to Set Artistic Goals for Personal Improvement

Part of life is making changes and setting artistic goals.

That is how you grow and become the artist you have always dreamed of being. However, it does not have to be a dream any longer. Learn to set artistic goals that will bring the achievements you want from life.

It is easy to become caught up in your dreams. Just thinking of the possible outcomes can lead to unrealistic avenues for achieving those intentions. While a bit of wild dreaming is expected and can motivate you to continue to pursue your dreams, they can also bring about disappointment, depression and discarded goals if you are not careful.

Here are some practical steps for achieving your artistic goals.

Who is your target market? – Many artists fail at determining a clear destination for their artistic goals, because there is no mental picture of who your targeted market really is.The goal is yours alone so be honest with yourself. A common goal is to paint and show your work more, but this is too general to be an artistic goal. Instead, define what you actually want: I want to exhibit in 6 shows and paint 2 pictures a month in 2012. This is an achievable and measurable artistic goal.

Set short and long-term milestones for your artistic goals – The purpose of milestones is not only motivation but also a sensible breakdown of a larger overwhelming goal into a smaller manageable one. Start from the end and work backwards, the next step is to develop weekly goals. Working backwards helps you achieve your goals by seeing the big picture first.

Small artistic goals are seen as doable and you are less likely to become discouraged.

Expect setbacks –. To expect that you will not experience any disappointment during your journey is unrealistic. Determine how you will handle interruptions, unexpected events and low creativity, before they come to take a bite out of your productivity.

Have confidence in your dream – It would be nice if everyone could be happy for you but that again is unrealistic. Each person has their own dreams and may not understand the time and energy needed for you to experience your goal.

This person may not have the time or energy to be fully into your dream. That is okay. The one who needs to be going full tilt about your dream is you.

Reevaluate your intention – It is okay and often necessary to stop and reevaluate your intentions. About once a month is a good time to stop and determine if this goal is still valid to you? Has your goal changed? When situations in life change, your overall goal may not change but your steps to achieve it will probably need adjusting. Should this be true find a new course to reach the same destination. Artistic goals are yours to do with as you wish.

There is no obligation to stick to one if your heart is no longer in it. Step back and take a moment to reevaluate where you want to spend your passion.

I invite you to enter your name and email in the box in the right corner of this post and listen as I talk with you about your goals.…

7 Easy Ways To Use Personal Productivity to Guide Your Artistic Career

Using personal productivity to guide your artistic career can be accomplished in 7 easy steps

As you scurry about trying to find the most productive path, take into consideration that there just may be a simple, organized path to reach your destination.

I know that your life is probably like mine, in that I have a family, belong to several organizations, love to garden, and travel as well as paint pictures of places I’ve been. The list goes on and on and makes the use of a personal productivity guide even more important.

For instance, I’m inspired to paint in several different mediums. Each medium needs a different set up. Oils are usually painted while standing at an easel, Watercolors can also be painted while standing but the paper should be lying on a flat surface. Pastels call for a totally different set up as they require a very smooth surface and much prepartion.

To promote your personal productivity, arrange your studio to accomodate each medium you want to be creative in. Always having the right supplies at the right table greatly increases your productivity.

Another helpful way to increase your personal productivity is to have an overflow space. An extra room with shelves that are organized is a great help. This serves you well in that when there is time to be creative, the supplies are ready.

You may have the idea that artists with few personal productivity goals paint pictures as beautiful as the artists that are truly structured and productive. This would be a correct assumption but having these guidelines will benefit you in the following ways…

*No more rushing here and there finding supplies when you only have a short period of time to create.
*Know in advance additional supplies are needed.

*No more missed club meetings because the date was forgotten.

*A neat work space = greater creativity.

Create special personal productivity goals to benefit your artistc career
When traveling about in your car listen to information that motivates and inspires. In the studio listen to music as you create. One suggestion is that you make your own personal productivity MP3 to reinforce goals you’ve set and new ones recently added. There are many free teleseminar sites that record as an MP3. Making your productivity guide easy to listen to wherever you are.

Being organized begins by making a schedule of the artistic items that need to be done and set a deadline for each of these goals. You’ve learned the importance of knowing where your materials are and a good idea of how long it will take to complete this project.

 Successful artists have good time management skills to use along with their personal productivity guide. Think of the opposite of using your guide and it will be easy to see that your artistic career seems to stall. Not having a productivity plan may slow you down so much that your goals seem to be just beyond reach.

Taking the time to work through these suggestions, gives the basic principles of your personal productivity guide.

To help you on your artistic journey I’ve recorded a MP3 which can be downloaded from the upper right corner of this post. I invite you to leave your name and email address, download and listen as you learn more about your personal productivity guide.…

Learn to Use Watercolor to Reach the Edge of Reality Where Poetry Resides

“When a painted summer landscape can capture the warmth and restfulness and grace of this season, and perhaps even the rumble of distant thunder, then it begins to approach that tenuous edge of reality where poetry resides. When the voices of other summers whisper through a canvas to the viewer, it has hit the mark”.

“When a painted summer landscape can capture the warmth and restfulness and grace of this season, and perhaps even the rumble of distant thunder, then it begins to approach that tenuous edge of reality where poetry resides. When the voices of other summers whisper through a canvas to the viewer, it has hit the mark”.

What do the watercolor, landscape artist and the poet have in common?

They both love nature, and can’t experience it enough. Usually the artist describes the scene with the paint brush and chosen colors, the poet describes the scene with colorful words, carefully chosen while describing a picture for you to see in your mind’s eye. It’s up to you to supply your memories and past experiences to make it a painting or poetry that you simply must have.

A poetic landscape will draw you in, just enough that as Elizabeth Mowry states, “you hear the voices of other summers whisper through the canvas.” Many times you are left with a silent space while viewing a painting, just enough space to help you understand the artist’s true intent of the painting.

The sensed stillness in the picture to the left speaks volumes about the painting and the artist. Also, the colors used by the artist are warm and inviting, depicting the light of a summer morning, with the mist rising and the pines still, not even a tiny breeze. You just know it’s going to be a hot, country day by the subject and colors used by the artist.

An indirect way the watercolor, landscape artist and the poet have common ground is expression.

The artist uses color and brushstrokes to sooth your soul, giving peace each time the painting is viewed. The poet uses words that express their peacefulness and happiness. There is just something about color that excites or leaves you feeling less than happy. The poet uses words that express their ideas in a way that touches the reader.

The watercolor, landscape artist loves to paint the woodlands,
paths, meandering creeks mountains and farms. This is poetry for the artist’s soul. Painting nature as they see it, so absorbed in their painting and forgetful of troubles and cares of the day.

Poets paint their pictures by describing them with beautiful words, expressions and descriptions of their inspiration.

Many times as I encounter scenes of the countryside, I’m reminded of a happy childhood, in the country on a small farm. My paintings reflect lessons taught by parents who were very much attuned to nature and the seasons. I also learned from these experiences that inspiration can come from many things.…

Creative Daydreaming Begins Today !

What happens when you begin creative daydreaming?

Your personal productivity! Using your daydreaming powers you can become a successful artist. At one time daydreaming was considered a lazy person’s thought pattern, but not any more.

We are learning more and more of the benefits of daydreaming such as…

1. Daydreaming, like flowing water, carries you around apparent obstacles. While daydreaming your right brain can begin to recognize new patterns and possibilities.

2. Envision a clear path into your painting. As you consider the subject of your next painting, take the time to let your imagination guide you.

Ask yourself these questions as you expand the basic composition and allow it to transform into a uniquely original painting.

a) What is the center of interest?
b) What is the dominant color?
c) Does it appear to be close to you or far away?
d) Is the image sharp and easy to identify?
e) What are the supporting colors and objects?

3. As your new day begins, give yourself the gift of pleasant dreams for the day.

There is no one in this space to contradict your dreams, you are free to climb as high and as far as your dreams can take you.

When you are daydreaming be mindful of writing your ideas down and then set goals to turn those dreams into reality.

There is an MP3 awaiting you when you leave your name and email in the upper right corner of this page. Check it out and learn to set your goals so that your dreams can come true!

Remember to “Honor Your Creative Spirit!”…

Do Your Paintings Speak to You?

After learning this inspirational artist had passed from this life, I remembered his book that I had previously read. “The Art of Creative Living, Making Every Day A Radiant Masterpiece.”

This morning I took this book down and began to read it again. I want to share with you some of the thoughts from the chapter. “When Paintings Speak”.

It surprised me to learn that at times, even Thomas Kinkade experienced some of the same doubt and frustration as I do. I expect that you share these thoughts from time to time, also.

A quote from this chapter states…
“Too often, those aspiring to greater creative productivity feel stymied, distracted, or even a little bored as they walk into the office or workspace to face the day’s demands. I know most of the typical responses and feelings…because at one time or another I’ve felt them myself:
* “I’d rather be out in the sunshine than here in this studio” or
* “I can always start a little later this morning or this afternoon.”

He suggested overcoming this self-defeating behavior by finding a new way to go about your work. Seek a call thst is so strong, it cannot be ignored.

Let each painting guide you.

Do you like to work in the morning?

Then take your cup of coffee and review each painting that is in progress in your studio. Take time to let each painting speak to you, let it tell you what needs to be painted next, or it may tell you that there is a line that is not the right angle, it may need a little more light here or it needs to be darker there or the focal point needs to be sharper.

My goal is to make each painting, as Kinkade states, “a friend, companion or collaborator.”

Do you see the importance of listening to your paintings as well as visualizing them? If Thomas Kenkade sometimes thought that it would be great to be outside instead of in the studio, don’t you think it’s normal for you to have these thoughts, too? His desire to paint meaningful pictures kept him on track. Your dedication can move you forward as well.

My paintings are at ElleneBreedloveDavis.com/paintings – not the style of Kinkade’s, but they are from my heart. They record places and times that are important to me. Come visit!…