It took me awhile to rekindle my old passion in art. I know I have this gifting but I dread not honing it while I was at my young stage of creative exploration.
While strolling from one art shop to the other, while searching for supplies for my NFH (New Found Hobby), I happened to bump into this book by Austin Kleon. Another interesting read added to my collection of life hacks in print.
Nonetheless, let me share my personal thoughts on this. Let’s start with,
1.Steal like an artist
I’m pretty sure the author doesn’t mean it literally, but we are all aware that original ideas can be reshaped to suit the desire of the maker. Perhaps one can be inspired by an idea and creates a similar and more modified version of the original.
2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started
The thing about some of us is that when we have that “aha!” moment we don’t immediately put them into action. Instead, we wait for someone to push us to the brim to do it. Once more, if you don’t know who you are, it’s impossible for you to create something you know nothing about in the first place.
3. Write the book you want to read
Make something you enjoy doing. If you’re inclined to paint, work on the different kinds of paint medium until you find the one that you love and that fits your specific skill. At the moment, I enjoy working on watercolour illustration. I do something that I know I will enjoy doing over and over again.
4. Use your hands
In my case, I put things into action and write down any ideas that come to my mind in a journal. Make a blueprint with the things you want to do and accomplish, make a deadline and broadcast it for everyone to know, so you will be compelled to finish what you’ve started. Try experimenting on diverse materials and instructions to give you a better picture of what you really like doing.
5. Side projects and hobbies are important
Know what you like and like what you do, then venture on other things that catches your interest. Make a room to experiment.
6. Do good work and share it with people
What’s in it for me? There’s no such thing as free in this world and so on… But take note on this, we won’t accomplish such victory had it not for others time and ideas who shared it with us in the first place. No man is an island. Let’s share what we have to people in need of ideas, time, etc. and blessings will come back to us more than we can ever imagine.
7. Geography is no longer our master
As Kleon emphasized, “Most of my thinking and talking and art-related fellowship is online.” I totally agree with him, 100%. Most of our thinking and fellowships with other people are really online – on the internet. When we want to learn something new that isn’t available in our area, what we do is either we google it or we youtube it.
8. Be nice
Even if they are not nice to you. Easy said than done! But we all want to connect with each other near or far. So this serves as a reminder for me as well. Be nice! Yeah! I’ll be more nicer.
9. Be boring
This is well best describe my life from the start of the year. I’ve been following a routine for years and I finally had the courage to say goodbye to my old self. I got so bored of the things I was normally doing. Although, I was happy with it but I just realized that it was getting out of hand. One day I just woke up doing things I love because I was boring.
10. Creativity is subtraction
I like how the author said this, “Devoting yourself to something means shutting out other things.” Not really shutting it out per se but learning how to prioritize.
Art can be overwhelming, but art can be anything that you can think of put into shape.