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Inspired By Creative Quotes

26 Jan

Great reflection quote for the creative person.
Great reflection quote for the creative person.

Today, Club Creative Studio shares a quote that has inspired me and is proven to be correct for correlation in the world of the arts.  Creative quotes can be great reflective words and inspire on many different levels. The words of Vincent Van Gogh can transform your way of thought with a certain focus.  These three simple lines can become your everyday challenges for your creative spirit.  Are they words that you can relate to, or hope to incorporate into your creative world?

I Am Seeking

Are you a person who seeks out creativity or yearns to explore new adventures?

I feel that as a creative person I am always seeking. I seek to find the time to create, and stay motivated. I look to find the best materials, new materials. I seek knowledge and wisdom from others in the arts. I search for the best technique to incorporate in my creations. I seek to become a better artists on a daily basis. I am seeking answers to my many questions. Yes, I am a seeker, are you?

I Am Striving (And Thriving)

Are you a person who is striving to thrive in your environment?

Are you one who wonders how and if you are actually doing a good job in your creative life? Do you know what it takes to thrive in your own creative level or situation?  If you have creative goals and are striving to obtain them, it is more likely that you will have milestone successes and can relate to the reward of thriving in your field.  Does your current creative journey give you satisfaction and joy?  If it is not are you taking steps to get you to the point of thrill? I feel that I am striving everyday to perfect a technique, try something new, or maintain a productive status.  Thriving in both my art and business is among my most general and continual efforts.  Whenever I am given the chance to express and provide art and help another side step and overcome ordinary, I know I have just experienced a slice of “mission accomplish”.  I am doing what I have set out to do each and every time I create Art That Sets You Apart! Learn to evolve.

I Am In It With All My Heart

Are you dedicated to your creative tasks?

Being a creative person calls upon the inner strengths. Are you the type of person who can stay focused from start to finish of a project? Are you dedicated to the progression of your art or craft?  Your productivity depends upon your work ethic and dedication.  My personal mantra: Be Creative Everyday reminds me that I am “in it with all my heart”. I own the idea that I can express myself through art every day in some fashion or form. Past, present and future are all markers of time that has or will show me that I am indeed involved with creativity with all my heart.

This notion of knowing that I have my heart involved with my work helps me shape creative efforts in my workspace: Club Creative Studio.  On many levels, the past has been a part of this creative growth.  Love of art and hands-on creativity has proved to be a creative outlet for me. In experimentation and creative growth, the experiences of the past have taught me to use those events as background starting points of prior knowledge and skills. Your art may feel like a thing of the past but, it is what also helps propel you into your present art and your future creativity.

In present-time, knowing that I place my heart and soul into creating art gives others the opportunity to see what the creative spirit can offer and share.  In future-times, maintaining the drive and personal attachments of art created proves that an artist does put their personality and a bit of themselves in all creative tasks, resulting in expressive, personal and unique creative endeavors.

Caring And Sharing

I would love for you to visit the Club Creative Studio website to see for yourself how I am creative everyday. 

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I care about you and your creative processes.  I am also happily sharing art and information about Club Creative Studio on the Facebook page.

Please join us there and consider clicking the “like” to enjoy sneak peeks of hand-made art and gain inspiration, learning about creativity.

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The Waiting Game

10 May

Smile during your creative process.

Today’s TNT (This-N-That) post from Club Creative Studio is about technique in your creative process. I often find myself playing “the waiting game”.  You know what this means to an individual on a daily basis. We wait in line, we wait for the mail to come, we wait in traffic, we wait for the dryer to signal the clothes are dry. We wait for the text response, we wait for something to download, we WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!

But wait there is more waiting if you are an artist!  It is what we do with that “wait time” when we are creatively working that is important.  When an artist has down time, time in which we have to wait for something to dry, wait for something to stick together, wait for something to cure, melt, mold, bake, even sell… we need to also occupy that time to be productive.  And guess what?  An artist usually fills their wait time with something that takes even more time to wait for, right?

I often find myself doing tasks in the studio that involve multiple skills, steps or focus.  It is just part of the nature of the beast of putting constructions together, that forces us to wait for one step to be completed before another is started.  Multitasking is nothing new.  Multi-focus is the skill that is in question.  Being able to move from one task to another quickly is productive if you are organized, goal-oriented, and patient.

Organize your stuff!

Organization

When your supplies and work space are organized, your efforts become smooth and there is less time dealing with details that waste time.

Organization offers the flow of creativity because you can see more clearly and tools are readily at hand where you expect them to be.

Order in your space allows you to see the process in front of you without distractions.

Striving to be more organized can form habits that are productive in day-to-day activities outside of your craft.

Set your goals.

Goal-Setting

Being goal-oriented means you have a focus and outcome in mind.  Sometimes in art, that has to be general since we want the over-all outcome to be creative, not totally predicted.

Knowing what you want to do at the start of a process stems from being organized and also grows out of having the foresight of knowing what supplies you need to begin step one.

Inspiration and goals can be used together to give you a mental snapshot of where you want your project to head.  Envisioning the plan and product together sparks creativity.

Patience

No doubt about it deadlines and creativity sometimes do not mesh well but, being patient does have its rewards for reaching a time related task.

Setting the pace for creativity will manage your time more effectively.  Leaving room in the day for trial and error accounts will be less stressful and more successful.

I practice being patient by moving from one task to another.  I try not to get too frustrated with various steps of a complicated or intense project at hand because of those little breaks.

Take into account what your starting point and ending points look like.

Are you organized?

Do you know your goals for your creative process?

Are you patient?

I would like to end this post by sharing one idea that helps me pass time in between projects.  The focus on the REWARD, which is different from the word GOAL.  As a “reward” to myself as a job well done creatively and in celebration of an accomplished task, I take time to savor.  Chocolate and tea work for me!

My “pick-me-up-reward beverage” choice is sweet tea!

Let us know what you do in your daily “waiting game” challenges.  Do you have a routine or helpful hint for others that explains why you can be more creative during the times you have to wait in between steps of a project?  We’d love for you to share your thoughts below in a comment. Thanks for stopping by the blog,  Good luck in your creativity today!

Creative Questions

30 Apr

Image: hypperridedesign

Club Creative Studio has pressing questions for you today: What is your recipe for making your concoction of creative juice?  Do you have a secret combination of ingredients that jump-start your creative process? Is it just the right amount of mood, skill, talent and forces that come together for successful thinking?  What is your secret weapon for creating the perfect storm of productivity? What makes a whirl-wind of constructive ideas flow for you?

Maybe one thing or a combination of several aspects make you more creative one day compared to the next.  For me, creative times come naturally.  It’s what I am interested in and have a passion about so it is second nature to want to be involved in the creative process in some form during my day.  It is also a conscious personal and business mantra: Be Creative Every Day.

With that being said, I would like to share the characteristics that I have noticed that answer the questions of creativity for me.  What can you add that also answers the general query: What makes your creativity flow?

C:    Catching random thoughts and using them in an artful constructive way

R:    Reaching beyond what is normal and reaching deeper than the surface to try something new

E:     Experimenting with different combinations of materials

A:     Acquiring new skills and allowing them to become second nature

T:    Taking my time to create and express what I want and need to

I:    Initial reactions gathered can be used for inspiration to jump-start creative thoughts

V:    Variety is the spice of life, so taking breaks help me stretch my focus longer

I:    Involve others and gain suggestions as insights for new prospectives

T:    Tossing aside what I think will not work too quickly might save me time, but does not provide creative growth

Y:    Yes, I did it!  Take pride in originality and success of another creative mission accomplished!

Ask yourself creative questions.

Thank you for adding your comments, I’d love to hear about what is making your creative time bomb tick!

V is for Vision

24 Apr

If you are an artist or just wish you were more like one, it might be helpful to realize or know what you actually “do” when you make your art. Some artists are prompted by their visions inspired by idea generators like music, poetry, vignettes of nature, or a theme. Club Creative Studio’s blog today has a focus on the letter “V” and that stands for vision. 

What does an artist do to gain that vision that inspiration to create?

To understand the vision of an artist, you can appreciate knowing what an artist actually does.  What do artists do?

Artists remember.  They envision a meaning. They symbolize the connections of objects and meanings.

Artists create. They take art material and transform it into something.

Artists imagine. They use their brain to imagine a person, animal. place, or thing.

Artists use their imagination to invent. They think up something that is original or an improvement on something else.

An artist has feelings about what they observe.

Artists distort.  They take and use a fragment of their visions or thoughts.

Artist often metamorphosize. They take an idea, person, or an object and make them alive or not alive, or a different space or time.

Artists experiment.  They play.  They hybridise art, taking two different things or two different ideas and place them together.

An artist often repeats actions. They take freedoms to take an object or a design and repeat it over and over.

An artist is comfortable to fantasize. They use their imagination but, add something really unrealistic or unusual without fears.

An artist will plan.  They will investigate their process and technique.

Finally, and artist may analyze. They will redo something you have done before but, make it better by rethinking it.

 Artists ideas and visions have always dealt with birth, love, death,beliefs, rituals, history, heredity and what it means to them to be human.  It is hard to change those themes but, not hard to change society, technology, controversies.  Artists have visions and they strive to not stifle their ideas.

What do you have in your visions? 

Creative Leap

29 Feb

Take time on this extra day (leap day) to tap into your brilliant creativity. It is there just appreciate it…celebrate the sense of wonder…acknowledge that your creativity is at hand.

Tap into your ideas and inspirations and give your thoughts a second thought.   Yes, take time to think about what you are thinking.  Where will you leap with your creativity?  Change the way you think so that your mind works to your advantage.  Take steps to avoid the mental road blocks and worries that block productive positive thoughts and notions.

Many distractions can get in our way of our passions or our gut “feelings” in creativity. Take leaps to overcome what you are afraid of…change and the unknown. Experiment with creativity!  It is my personal mantra to Be Creative Every Day, for me it is possible and it is a daily attainable goal.  If you need a slight push for inspiration, look for what sparks you.

For some, it might not take a particular skill or talent to be creative.  It may be an action or a new way of thinking.  Enjoy a slice of creative thinking and try not to eat too much paste.

Innovation at Hewlett-Packard

HP’s philosophy for fostering an environment for creativity and innovation:
Rules of the garage:
Believe you can change the world.

Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.

Know when to work alone and when to work together.

Share – tools, ideas.

Trust your colleagues.

No politics.

No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.)

The customer defines a job well done.

Radical ideas are not bad ideas.

Invent different ways of working.

Make a contribution every day.

If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.

Believe that together we can do anything.

Invent.

-1999 HP Annual Report

10 Ways to Think Like an Artist

10 Jan

While I write and share information about creativity, I do understand than not everyone thinks they are specifically “artistic”.  We tend to believe that the artistic/creative type are a strange bunch that really think differently.  Well, while it may be true that they think a little differently, they do so because they see differently, and are open to change.  What does it mean to think like an artist?  Creative people do things simply because it is interesting and personally challenging to do.

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This week’s Two-Cent Tuesday post shares ideas on how you can jump-start your journey to think like an artist.  How can you be creative everyday?

Learn to think like an artist:

1.  Look at things more closely than most people do.  Open your eyes to your surroundings.

2.  Find beauty in everyday things and situations.

3.  Make new connections between different things and ideas. There is more than one way to do something.

4.  Go beyond ordinary ways of thinking and doing things. Make an effort to approach and produce something differently.

5.  Expose yourself to possible failure.  Experiment or try something that is not comfortable to you.  Be brave and not scared to mess-up.

6.  Arrange things in new and interesting ways.  Mix it up and rearrange something to be unexpected or different.

7.  Work hard and at the edge of your potential.  Push yourself and discover hidden talents.

8.  Persist where others may give up. Forge ahead and remember your focus.

9.  Concentrate for long periods of time.  Creative persons usually don’t do things very quickly, they take their time to create.

10.  Utilize dreams and both new and old ideas to see something in a different way.

 Challenge yourself to try one thing on my list today that uses creativity in some interesting way.  Be and do the opposite of routine!

 It is an aspect that I strive for each day as I have the continuous goal of Being Creative Every Day at

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