On Becoming Strengths-Focused, Whole-Hearted Artists

This is a really excellent, informative article by Dr. Noa Kageyama I thought many of you might find interesting.

Here a little taster:

Sure, it’s important to obsess over all the particular technical or musical details which we struggle with. But are we also spending enough time identifying, nurturing, honing, and maximizing the things we naturally do best, that come easily to us?

Visit his blog The Bulletproof Musician, even if you are not a musician/performer – you will find a wealth of interesting, helpful and entertaining posts.

via On Becoming Strengths-Focused, Whole-Hearted Artists.

© Petra Raspel 2014

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Finding your inner artist, day 28: About seeing things through the eyes of a child

Today’s quote:

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”  ~ Howard Ikemoto

Of course we all need to learn technique in our chosen field of art. However, it would certainly help sometimes to remember that absolutely everyone can be creative if they allow themselves to be playful and not overly self-conscious (maybe even a bit silly).

When did you last allow yourself to be like that?

© Petra Raspel 2013

Finding your inner artist, day 9: About being good enough and stopping negative self-talk

Today’s quote:

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~ Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many artists I know are not very confident. Some quite openly admit to it, others put up a front to hide their self-doubt.
Deep inside, we all want to be liked, and we are all scared to fail. Fear of failure can sometimes lead to not even trying.

When was the last time you didn’t even try, because you believed what you have to offer cannot possibly be good enough? Why did you believe this was the case, and who told you so? Yourself, or someone else?

© Petra Raspel 2013

Finding your inner artist, day 4: About just sitting down and making a start

Today’s quote:

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. ~ Pearl S. Buck

English: Pearl Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning Am...

English: Pearl Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I don’t feel like it, so I won’t even try” – sounds familiar?

It is okay not to feel like doing anything “creative”, not to practise etc – once in a while. We all need time off.

If procrastination and postponing are your best friends however, it can sometimes be a good idea to make an appointment. Yes, as simple as that. Schedule time devoted to your art into your diary – to your ART, not the accounting and marketing related to your BUSINESS (although you can do that as well, but they are two different things). Honour that appointment, like you would honour any business appointment, and set a reminder (e.g. on your phone).

Why is it we freak out if we miss an important appointment with a business contact, but we often don’t show the same respect to our creative side?

So sit down and start. Even if the muse hasn’t kissed you yet. Even if the creative juices don’t want flow straightaway. You will be surprised how often you will get right into it after some staring at empty pages or canvasses, or aimlessly going through your song selections. And if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. But at least you’ll have tried, and yes: That’s good enough…

© Petra Raspel 2013

Finding your inner artist (again) in 30 quotes

Did you ever have the feeling you lost what used to matter most to you as an artist? That in between all the trying to make a living, and the worries of your daily life, the spark somehow vanished?

I am not trying to convince you that there are any short-term solutions to these problems, because there aren’t, and you might as well find that you need more help with this.
There is no harm in taking some time to contemplate though, to ask ourselves a few questions, to re-evaluate what is actually important to us, because let’s face it: We sometimes don’t even do that anymore.

So throughout March, I will post one inspirational quote every day, and I will maybe add a little story or a few thoughts and questions to each of them. I hope to encourage you to write down a few stories and thoughts of your own to get you back in touch with your “inner artist”. I would love to hear/read those stories, so please comment, or pingback to your blog!

Here is the first quote to get us all started:

A little talent is good to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar. ~ Stephen King

When did you last allow yourself to remember those scars, instead of trying to forget about them? Do you find it hard to be (and make yourself) vulnerable, and does this affect your art?

© Petra Raspel 2013