How do I increase the commitment (and thus pressure)?

Total Views: 1524Beginnings require commitment, which often feels like the first obstacle to get going. This is a conundrum: one is required to start, in order to.. start. So what can be done to make beginnings easier? Consider experimenting with the following strategies, to see which work best for you: Minimize stressors: Understand what causes … Continue reading “How do I increase the commitment (and thus pressure)?”

How do I investigate my work?

Total Views: 918Consider experimenting with the following investigation strategies, to see which work best for you: Goal-less exploration: When there’s no obvious urge to steer in any direction, experiment with goal-less exploration: like a musician zoning into practicing their scales, gradually morphing into playing a tune that’s based on the practicing scale. Like someone learning … Continue reading “How do I investigate my work?”

How do I focus?

Total Views: 1322It’s unlikely to see greatness (or even progress) without focus and attention. Consider experimenting with the following focussing strategies, and see which work best for you: Active focus phases: Experiment with active focus phases that allow you to be radically present for a limited time: disable all notifications on your digital devices (buzz, … Continue reading “How do I focus?”

How do I start?

Total Views: 1230Starting something can be both frightening and magical: beginnings require us to transcend our fear of failure. They are where our hopes of potential successes meet the realities of our abilities and willpower. They are complex things, and can let people stall: to end before ever having begun. Yes, you might not know … Continue reading “How do I start?”

What general challenges do I have to expect as an artist, and how can I lessen their blow?

Total Views: 236Instead of clear goals, the arts offer openness and ambiguities. They allow you to set up extremely individualized paths, within which almost anything can be done: you can choose your own processes and semantics, use specific media and materials in unexplored ways, and even define your own quality ideals – just to name … Continue reading “What general challenges do I have to expect as an artist, and how can I lessen their blow?”

I want to become an artist – but am unsure whether I have something relevant to say. What kind of intention is required of me?

Total Views: 551Art is often thought to require the expression of something relevant. Relevance is highly subjective though: what might feel relevant to one person, might not ever faze the next one. You don’t need a lot to understand what you care about, yet introspection will let you dig deeper into your tastes. Experience shows … Continue reading “I want to become an artist – but am unsure whether I have something relevant to say. What kind of intention is required of me?”

What talents or skills do I need to become an artist?

Total Views: 355Sometimes it feels as if certain people are meant to be artists, while others could never ever become one. A lot of people still believe in the notion of preexisting talent or excellence; according to them, artists are often thought of as rare geniuses. This is outdated. In actuality, the idea of talent … Continue reading “What talents or skills do I need to become an artist?”