I’ve been asking myself that question for much of the past year. If you don’t know my story, I grew up in Canada. In 2002, I moved to the UK. In 2018, I moved back to Canada. I was gone for 16 years. In that time, I built a new ‘home’. I became a citizen […]
Intrinsic reward – or ‘why we do what we do’
You know most artists don’t earn much money, right? I don’t think this comes as a shock to anyone. Most artists have second jobs (and often third and fourth jobs). Most art is subsidised by the artist themselves. Most artists who study at University don’t earn any more money over their lifetimes than people who […]
The Starting Place for Any Business Transaction
Over the years I’ve taught a number of different workshops and classes on business skills for creatives. But what I observe over and over again is talented, creative individuals who completely panic when it comes to ‘selling’ themselves or their creative creations. All. The. Time. [so if you recognise yourself in that statement, you have […]
Artist, Listen to Michelangelo: Talent Without Imagination Is Nothing
Practice, training, painting 1000 pictures can develop your skills as an artist but it’s nothing if you don’t have the imagination and the creativity to conceive of something in the first place. Spend as much time (if not more) developing your mind as you do your art or craft skills. That’s what will make you […]
Are you allowing enough space for your art to breathe?
Are you getting noticed?
Think your art sucks?
Words of Wisdom from Julia Cameron
How to Find Endless Satisfaction in Your Creative Life
There’s a point to what Leon Golub is saying: you need to have realistic expectations out of life. I know I preach about being a Thriving Creative. But part of Thriving is knowing when to acknowledge that the glass if half full instead of half empty. TV programmes, glossy magazines, and self-aggrandising blogs want you […]
At last! The Secret to Being Successful in the Arts
The secret is: To Stop Trying to Do It All Yourself! John Donne famously said “No man is an island.” You will never achieve as much on your own as you could if you worked with someone else. Creative collaborations bring out the best in all of us. Start to look for your […]