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Unleash Your Creativity: Free Guide

Living a
Creative Life

I believe everyone is born to create and be creative. In my guide, “Unleash Your Creativity: Living a Creative Life,” I share techniques you can use to help you rediscover your natural-born creativity. Below I share an excerpt with you. Sign up for my mailing list here.

I am a firm believer that nothing is created 100% out of thin air. In other words, I think inspiration for projects is usually found around us. Many artists find inspiration from other artists, the same goes for writers and other creative professionals. Maybe you like the colors in a shirt and use those colors as your color palette in your next drawing. Maybe you are inspired by the architecture in a small town and apply that architectural style to your painting of a street of homes based on your imagination.

You get this pdf guide for free when you sign up for my mailing list. Sign up for my mailing list here. Most of my examples in this guide are taken from my own art practice, yet they can be applied to anyone’s creative journey. Throughout the last few years, through trial and error, I have identified these ways to boost creativity. I sat down to write and tried to identify the top things that have helped me lead a creative life, not only in my painting, but in all areas of my life.

Duh Duh Dun Dun, 24×24″ acrylic on canvas

Even if you have been one to say things like “I don’t have a creative bone in my body,” I hope to encourage and inspire you to believe differently — to start believing in yourself that you are creative. I’m not saying that you’ll instantly be able to solve every creative problem that faces you or that you’ll be able to paint a masterpiece after reading the guide, but I do hope that it will encourage you to embrace your creativity as you start to unlock your creative side.

Cheers,
Lori

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My Creative Process: Part 1

Everyone’s creative process is unique as we are all on individualized journeys. Whether your creative outlet is painting like mine or something else such as knitting, cooking, or composing music, we all have a creative process that is unique to us.

Under the Sea, 8×10 canvases, diptych
available at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s Holiday Art Sale

It used to be that I’d have 5+ in-progress paintings and I’d bounce back and forth between them. What I found to be true, for me anyway, is that I wasn’t finishing many pieces of art. This was also a time when I didn’t have enough experience to know that abstract paintings can go through many ugly stages before they become an artwork you are pleased with. So I would have tons of paintings in progress that honestly, were all in ugly stages. I would abandon each piece and move on to the next during an ugly stage, only to never even return to some of them.

About a couple years ago, I had an intentional plan to not start any new pieces until I finished the one I was currently working on. Surprisingly, I found this approach to painting more fitting for me, even though it was not easy to change my creative routine. Not only was I able to finish paintings, but my painting itself seemed to improve. While the journey I go through in painting a piece is important, I’ve found that the dopamine-producing event of finishing a piece is equally important. And the way I used to work was not producing many pieces.

There is a huge sense of accomplishment with each finished piece that brings me much joy. I find that starting and finishing one piece at a time (knowing I can’t start a new one until I finish my current one) provides the motivation needed to finish the piece. This motivation also forces me to work through the ugly stages instead of putting the piece aside when the going gets tough.

So how about you? Do you bounce around between many creative projects or do you start and finish one before moving to the next? Whatever your method, keep doing whatever works for you.