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To change means to adapt, adjust, improve, modify, refine, transform, accommodate, diversify or rearrange.

It is in the human nature to resist change, but if you want to grow as an artist you need to learn to embrace change, otherwise you won’t be able to develop and improve your art talent and you will stagnate.

As an artist, you need to be able to adapt to changing conditions like market demand and changes in the economy. For instance, you might need to diversify your output to accommodate these changes. You must be able to change your work habits and perspective when your personal circumstances change.

The improvement and refinement of your talent is crucial to your growth as an artist. If you are comfortable with change you will find it easier to develop your artistic abilities.

Are you comfortable with change – in life in general, and in your art career?


To expand means to broaden, develop and increase.

So what to expand? If you increase your knowledge about yourself your work will become more authentic and personal.

Most creatives do best in their art if their knowledge covers a large, wide area. A wide scope of knowledge allows the artist to make many different connections in the practising of his/her art.

Developing your practical knowledge about your art form – materials, principles and techniques, and the varieties of application of your materials – will allow you the freedom to better express yourself in your art.

Broadening your knowledge of the creativity process will allow you to make original and unique connections between the different elements of your art. Knowledge of creativity will also help you to weather the ups and downs of being an artist eg. how to survive and overcome artist’s block.

Knowledge gleaned from biographies and autobiographies of other artists will increase your understanding of the process and struggles they went through in their art careers. Weaponed with this information you’ll have more sympathy and understanding for your own path in your art career and life.

Equipping yourself with the above knowledge as much as you can, you are less likely to become blocked because you should always be able to think of something different to try out, be it a new technique or perhaps a change in perspective on your art work.

Do you need to expand your knowledge in any of the above areas?

The combinationof knowledge and creativity goes hand in hand with richness in people’s lives. Knowledge and creativity are inseperable and interrelated. Knowledge is developed by creativity and creativity is enhanced by knowledge.

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”

Adolf Berle

Truly successful creatives are always willing to learn more. They have a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and studying. They are on a never-ending quest for knowledge. They continuously ask “What if?” and if they don’t know the answer, they won’t leave a stone unturned untill they find out.

The more you expose yourself to knowledge and new ideas, the more information you have at your disposal with which to invent new, original connections.

When you find your well of creativity has temporarily dried up, expose yourself to new information: attend a class on an unknown topic, do research on the internet or read books, surround yourself with inspiring things like flowers, paintings, quotes and music. Keep a pen and paper handy everywhere you go and write down any small piece of information or fraction of an idea, no matter how stupid or irrelevant it may seem at the time. Eventually you will start making connections between bits and pieces of knowledge and ideas.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have a thirst for knowledge?
  • Should I be more studious regarding creativity and my chosen field of creative activity?
  • Do I manage my quest for knowledge?
  • Am I doing sufficient knowledge management to optimize my creativity?

Invention can be defined as the intuitive process to discover and formulate something which has not existed before. Inventiveness is the quality of having or showing creative ability or the capacity for original thought.
The invention of an artist is the creation of a new work of art which have not existed before. Invention happens when a totally new and original creation is produced eg. the design and painting of an abstract painting reflecting the artist’s emotions. When an artist copies an original painting, no invention takes place because the artist did not discover or formulate any new concept which has not existed before. Invention is an intuitive, right-brain process where leaps of insight are often made without evidence to support it, based on gut feeling, in contrast with the left-brain where decisions and opinions are based strictly on supporting evidence.
By developing and applying the different qualities of the creative mind, the artist can steadily increase his/her inventiveness. What can you do today to stimulate your  inventiveness? And what could be your long-term strategy to optimise your capacity for invention?

Express means “to push outside”. To express yourself means to articulate your emotions and opinions in vocal, visual or musical terms. Even if you make a copy of someone else’s creation, you still unwittingly express yourself by your choice of subject.

Expressionism is the style in which an artist attempts to meaningfully express concepts from the inner world of emotion rather than external reality. The more concepts you can express, the more expressive you are.

Creativity enhances expressiveness so the more time you spend educating yourself about creativity and pursuing creative activities, the better your ability to express yourself will become.

Think about the following statement: When you express yourself, you influence reality. Do you agree or disagree?

In order to have a high tolerance for uncertainty you have to be able to accept and endure things you dislike or disagree with in a neutral and open way. A low tolerance for uncertainty might be expressed in denial or creating your own certainty (which might not accurately reflect reality). Both of the last two coping meganisms are likely to result in confusion, lack of confidence, doubt and anxiety, to name just a few, none of which are not conducive to creativity.

A high tolerance for uncertainty will enable a creative person to experiment more and take more risks. The result might well be more mistakes, but also considerably more successes and knowledge. Creatives who can tolerate high levels of uncertainty will be more creative and productive simply because their thoughts are focused on their creativity and not on anxiety, confusion and doubt.

Better communication and mindfulness can increase your tolerance for uncertainty. Better communication with others and yourself will decrease anxiety, confusion and doubt, and increase confidence, all of which are beneficial for sustained creativity.

Mindfulness is the act of observing your own thoughts, accepting them and refraining from judging them. Mindfulness will help you to become aware of thoughts and feelings that bother you. You are then in the informed position to take whatever action is necessary to resolve those thoughts and feelings.

Does your level of tolerance for uncertainty limit your creativity? Do you need to be more mindfull? Is there any action you can take to decrease your anxiety? What actions can you take to increase your tolerance for uncertainty?

“In the confrontation between water and the rock the water always wins. Not through strength but through persistence”.

To be persistent means to continue to do something in spite of opposition, difficulty or obstacles. If you want to be persistant you need to develop a dogged determination to keep going no matter what setbacks come across your path.

You could experience difficulty in an area like the application of art materials, opposition in the form of lack of support from family and friends or struggling to find the time to pursue your creative activities. You’ll need to develop persistence to solve problems and overcome obstacles like these. The best way to develop persistence is to keep trying until you succeed. Having said that, it will sometimes be wise and necessary to abandon efforts to get support from unsupporting people if it takes too much of your creative energy. You might decide that trying to reach a certain goal is a dead-ended case and can justify why you should abandon it. However, abandoning a goal should be the exception rather than the rule.

The payoffs of persistence, amongst others, are productivity, increase in self-confidence, developing of life skills, and steady growth in your chosen area of creativity.

In which areas of your creative life do you need to learn to be more persistent?

April 2018
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