I haven’t been honest with my art recently. Or I suppose I haven’t created what I intended to create.
I have this tendency of turning passion into tasks, and likewise the tasks turn into a routine. There isn’t anything bad in coming up with a routine to aid your creative mind, in fact it’s actually a good thing to be consistent. Problem is, I was focused too much on the routine aspect, rather than the creation aspect.
A few months back, someone reached out to me via e-mail and enquired about painting lessons. Because I’m not formerly qualified, I shared the whole process of how I started painting! Figured that it would make a great addition to the blog, so this is the e-mail:
There are many people using social media as a tool to grow their personal brand. The term ‘personal brand’ sounds extremely self-serving, but it’s really just about establishing yourself and your own content!
Looking at someone who has really good success may come with a feeling of amazement.
Damn, they surely hit the jackpot every single time.
It’s real easy to assume that based off a number, someone found their “success” overnight. That’s usually the furthest from the truth. There are some people though who hit the jackpot (ie. Viral content, started off with a big hit) and really, nobody can tell who’s the one who’ll skyrocket straight away.
Recently, I completed a podcast with a bunch of friends, and after the podcast we just chatted. One of them is a very keen photographer who takes stunning shots, which led us to talk about how people use social media to share creatively.
After the chat ended, I was thinking to myself how a year ago, I didn’t dare to share my work at all. I was a closeted artist. There would be a handful of people close to me who told me my artwork had potential (when I first started out), but I didn’t have that faith in myself. Subconsciously, I was comparing my art skills to those who have been refining their craft for years. I felt small.
Nobody loves painting fairylands as much as Tina Britney does. With every mesmerising painting coming from her imagination, her Instagram features her miniature creations.
Tina has always been surrounded by art.
In high school, she studied Fine Arts. She furthered her studies in Mass Art at Boston and off campus at Northeastern University. The fairyland artist has even gone as far as winning the Boston Globe Art Awards!
You’re probably a busy person. You have external commitments, whether it’s family, work or school. Art has always been your safe haven, but then you realise that you simply don’t have the time for it like how you used to…
Truth is, you actually do.
Everyone has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It’s all about how you split your time. In the end, time management doesn’t exist (I mean you can’t control a depreciating asset – something that you can never get back). What does exist though, is self-management. If art is something important in your life, there’ll always be time for it.
“Would you be interested in a business opportunity?”
Does this question sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve heard it many times by now. While some of those proposing such a question are genuine, you’d have to be extra cautious with others.