The Key to Success

Defining success is the first step towards obtaining success. Success is a different notion to different people and will have wildly different outcomes, both materially and psychologically, not to mention emotionally, mentally, and spiritually (although I suppose I just mentioned them). But that’s really not the thrust of this blog post. The thing I happenedContinue reading “The Key to Success”

Mr. Consistent

Yes, learning new techniques is hard.Also, learning new materials.And, of course, communicating via blogs and promotions.Then there’s upkeep of the website, improvement of artistic skills, commission work, personal work, and home life.Lots of stuff to balance and contribute time to. But, I’ll tell you what – consistency might be my biggest struggle. The important thingContinue reading “Mr. Consistent”

How to Develop Your Artistic Voice – The Art of Arting (mini-blog)

It’s no secret that a lot of up-and-coming artists have a difficult time discovering or developing their voice. It makes sense. We see other artists who have found success and appear to have some idea of genuine artistic understanding. We can think, “if only I had thought of that.” We often feel like we needContinue reading “How to Develop Your Artistic Voice – The Art of Arting (mini-blog)”

The Growth Mindset – The Art of Arting

In order to grow, there must be room to do so. The fact is, the room is there and we don’t even realize that we’re gradually stretching into it, like roots in a flower pot. It’s only natural to think of the places we haven’t yet arrived. Mentally, physically, skillfully, spiritually. The fact is, though,Continue reading “The Growth Mindset – The Art of Arting”

Redesigning my Website – The Art of Arting

I think designing a website is like painting a picture. For it to work, you have to have a vision, a plan, and a determination to edit. Otherwise you may end up with something that isn’t readable, understandable, navigable, or clear. My website needed a significant redesign. The theme I was using didn’t work veryContinue reading “Redesigning my Website – The Art of Arting”

Finding a Flow – The Art of Arting

Just like anything else, there are peaks and valleys for the artist. Some days I don’t even want to look at a canvas or piece of paper. I can’t find that flow because I don’t even want to see it on the horizon. Is that a product of laziness? Or procrastination? Or bad work ethic?Continue reading “Finding a Flow – The Art of Arting”

Add Things to the World / The Art of Arting

In the face of the hysteria and disunity of modern American culture, when all it takes is five minutes on Facebook to bring me down and put my emotions and brains on overload, it can be very difficult to not feel defeated, fatigued, and overwhelmed by it all. The pessimism can be draining. The hypocrisyContinue reading “Add Things to the World / The Art of Arting”

Relax / The Art of Arting

Look, I’m not really a hippy. I find hipness to not really be an attribute that comes naturally. In fact, I’m not even sure hipness and being a hippy are related, but I assume so, and that probably means I’m not really “with it”. My wife likes to stay healthy and one of the manyContinue reading “Relax / The Art of Arting”

When is it Okay to Give Up? / The Art of Arting

Asking for a friend… Just kidding. It can be tough to know what threads to follow in life and which ones to give up on. I think any thread we follow will give us some sort of experience, so maybe the key is just being able to glean a positive experience from whatever threads we’reContinue reading “When is it Okay to Give Up? / The Art of Arting”