Seven virtues for becoming a better * v2

Here are seven things to do daily for creative advancement from someone on the interwebs.  It was from a youtube video but I did not remember to save it so I can’t link it.  I like some of the things this guy had to say but I am conflicted about others.  In the next few post I will be my thoughts from a visual artist perspective, these could apply to writing, music and other creative endeavors too…

Will add links and header to each post.

·         Daily work – even if it is only a line

·         Volume not perfection

·         Steal – like an artist (from lots not just one)

·         Conscious learning – don’t just stumble around

·         Rest – play

·         Feedback – lots of it

·         Create what you love

drawing from deconstructing the box sketchbook

part 2

Volume not perfection.  What?  I shouldn’t be perfect all the time?  No, not when you are trying to learn new skills and getting the muscle memory down, it is about doing, doing and more doing that you are going to learn. 

Let’s say you want to draw hands better.  How is this going to happen?  Well by looking at references and by drawing from that reference.  At first block in the hand, get a nice sketchy hand down, then start to refine it by separating the fingers, get the joints in look and fix as you go.  Do it quick and then sit back and keep refining until it looks like a hand, not a perfect one because it will take you double the time or more to get everything perfected if ever.  Go do the hand over, or go to a harder reference and take that time to get 3 more hands drawn.

Think of it as practicing a musical scale, you won’t get it right the first time but you will eventually but you have to practice!  Then you can be perfect.

Final notes, for fuck sake, use references! (more on this on “Conscious learning” post) and don’t worry about the epic fail!  You learn the most.

 

I really think of this as “volume over perfection”

Seven virtues for becoming a better * (v1)

Here are seven things to do daily for creative advancement from someone on the interwebs.  It was from a youtube video but I did not remember to save it so I can’t link it.  I like some of the things this guy had to say but I am conflicted about others.  In the next few post I will be my thoughts from a visual artist perspective, these could apply to writing, music and other creative endeavors too…

Will add links and header to each post.

·         Daily work – even if it is only a line

·         Volume not perfection

·         Steal – like an artist (from lots not just one)

·         Conscious learning – don’t just stumble around

·         Rest – play

·         Feedback – lots of it

·         Create what you love

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Portrait of Ai Weiwei

Part 1:

 

Daily work is definitely one of the most important things you can do, especially if you are trying to improve your craft or learn that new skill you always wanted to do. 

Can’t draw well?  Draw daily even if it is just a line! 

The idea is that if you get everything out and set up that you will not stop at one line, you will at the least fill up a page or better yet, you will get into a grove and draw for hours without even realizing it.

The big thing idea here is you want to form a habit of doing or of a good work ethics which will make daily work become second nature, you will just find the time to sit down and draw/paint/write or whatever.  Habit forming is fragile though so try to avoid the “ah-screw it” mind set.  Also don’t sweet it if you can’t do it every day, shoot for 5 days a week, if you get more, well that is better!

It will be hard at first (as I am finding out) but it will get better every day.  Schedule your time at first (make a meeting with yourself) if need be!

Earl I in the morning

The time in the earl I in the morning is a good time to break the chains, to meditate, to work out, to walk, to fuck, to muse, to plan, to snuggle , to cool off, to be, to remain, to reintegrate, to watch the movements, to listen, to bird, to drink tea, to serve, to share, to write, to paint to plan, to build logo, to watch cooking shows, to spin and dance, to think, to try something new, to be lazy, to draw, to tell a story, to meet friends at random locations, to drive somewhere never been to, to surprise someone, to make public art, to color, to challenge self and others to see the last star, to kiss, to be happy, to be sappy, to bake breakfast, to tell loved one they are loved, to search for lost things, to talk to fairies, to do all the things…

Cross of list~

Late in the evening

I will:

>Fuck, drink beer, dance to random music, find dark places, be alone, be with strangers, make noise, learn something new, remember something forgotten, make someone think really really hard about something trivial, be an ass, stumble in the streets, star gaze, walk to the moon, be selfless, have fun, cry, something amazing, be out all night, get lost, drive/drive/drive, nothing, dream the big dream, inspire, make, destroy, vandal, scare, do the unexpected, beat meat manifesto, make a manifesto, be a prophet, om the prayer beads, star gate, find all the points of light, fine the quiet place, love, be, master something, make a new friend that I like, bring together, argue, sleep, tell stories, make a lie that isn’t a lie.

Cross of list~

evening

Action Items:

This list of action items is mostly for me but I want them out for accountability and so others may use as a guide line for their own uses.  May not always cross off as for they are ongoing, some may get crossed off as moods and goals are achieved.  Some repeat over and over…

  • Draw in influences
  • Be visual while writing
  • Be verbal while drawing (arting)
  • Be abstract while being literal
  • Combine a variety of unrelated stuff (juxtapose)
  • Forget the rules
  • Make alternative rules
  • Fuck the “man”
  • Be the “man”
  • Resist/react/change/flip/challenge

 

The myth

  • Write daily or as near as possible
  • Paint 6 hours weekly
  • Increase weekly
  • Put out into world
  • Draw, daily – work on body
  • Document
  • Sock it up

 

To riot to

  • Be the awesome
  • Share the awesome

 

hand-ai

 

Be the awesome

  • Work hard
  • Play hard
  • Help when needed, stay out when they need to bta
  • Ask “what will I be awesome at today”
  • One step at a time

 

Our Badges

  • Set goals, they are levels
  • Make a place to display them
  • Make them
  • Hit your goals, advance to next level set new goals
  • Repeat

 

Action Item

  • Start small
  • Achievable goals
  • Unachievable goals!
  • Dead lines
  • No excuses/no fear

 

Brain storm the ideas

  • Prep canvases
  • Get back ground down
  • Have fun
  • Do research
  • Paint, paint, paint
  • Sketch some
  • Sell

 

Some freeform stuff

  • Be strong
  • Be a force
  • Grow
  • Nurture
  • Write
  • Draw
  • Meditate
  • Love
  • Be an ass

 

Ides of March – early in the morning/late in the night

  • Once a day – cross off list

 

landscape-ai

 

Make a Manifesto

  • Lay the roots of man I festo
  • Refine, refine, refine
  • Live it
  • Don’t give up

 

Love only

  • No hate
  • Be great
  • Be

 

Ich bin ein auslander

  • The faces of merica
  • Don’t kill me – a series
  • Paint the hate
  • Drump X
  • Research

 

Obey

  • Look back
  • Fuck the obey

 

The deceit of now

  • Learn all the things
  • Do all the things
  • Be all the things
  • MJ
  • Web site portfolios – on going
  • Portfolio – 1 month
  • Get a job that pays – 3 months
  • Get car paid off – asap
  • Don’t live in box and don’t box in
  • Challenge everything

Insidious Evil

Recent words have been parlayed by the insidious evil called work. With traveling 10 days straight and long hours put on repeat for 2 months has serious and lasting consequences on the creative flow, excuse? Maybe, but a little camping vaca has leveled my conciseness and hopefully I can snap back to the creative flow.

The itch is there and needs to be scratched by a grizzly bear, prepare for some blood red scratching…

To do:

  • Paint finish Foxy, big brush landscapes, coaster paintings, work on commission, skulls, fun figures
  • Draw studies, doodles and freeform subconscious Joungesque, fill up sketch books
  • House projects (better working space) closet modes, table and desk cleanse, lighting???, tbd
  • Writing art blog, RN blog posts, daily journal, food blog, (start of something new), edit posts
  • Illustrations/logos
  • Move to creative life not just work life
  • Be wacky and silly and fuck the “Man”
  • Play
  • Photography carry camera with (not just phone), document more, instagramer-master
  • Background art making build stretchers, collect stuff, observe
  • Personal go out less after work, make the time to do above, be held accountable for this list (your job)
Tonga
Tonga

If you got through my stupidness of the to do, congrates…

The message is clear, the target painted, I am here, I will~

He who hides his madman dies voiceless

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Morning Pages a change

{edited 31may17}

I started working on Morning Pages off and on for many years now (based off of the book The Artist Way) I would go a good 6 months or so and trail off. It always wielded some good ideas but was just more about bitching and what was going on, which is kind of the point, get out the crud so the day would be cleaner mentally.  I would start up again eventually, trail off again and the cycle has continued to now.

My problem with this method is that I get to work early and like to get up and go! Sooner there soon done plus I was finding that they just haven’t been working as advertised, I need something different.

Look, I am not a good writer to begin with, bad spelling, bad grammar. I am a painter for fucks sake!  I was in special classes for reading and spelling when I was young.  That is a story for another time though.

To my point though, I was in Big Rapids MI a few weeks ago for work, I had my MP journal with me. I hadn’t written anything for a year. Wrote one page because I couldn’t sleep anymore and I had a half an hour to kill before we had to get to the client site. Talked about where I was and what I needed to do when I got home.   After that I promptly forgot about it again even though I said I needed to work on the MP’s again.

This last week, I picked it up again. Not in the morning though, and I wrote more abstractly.  I had been thinking of all the strange and fun stuff I have done in my life to date, and what I neede*d to do to continue as I have in the past.  So that is what I wrote about. It was what I wanted to do in my next artist statement.  I do not need three pages of writing, just one.  Adding action items at the bottom (everyone needs action items) more on this later.  I will also be looking back at my ideas and following up with the past writing which is a no no in the Artist ways Morning Pages.  I also pull out an idea from the page and add it as a title for the next day or days when it feels right, I have two days of titles to write about at the moment.  I am creating a new journaling method for me based off of the MP’s, I am calling them Daily Pages, maybe, not sure.  Basically use other ideas and make them your own.  MP’s work for some but don’t follow the rules if it doesn’t work for you.

 

 

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Here are my first actions items:

  • Be visual while writing
  • Be verbal while drawing (arting)
  • Be abstract while being literal
  • Combine a variety of unrelated stuff (juxtapose)
  • Forget the rules
  • Make alternative rules
  • Fuck the “man”
  • Be the “man”
  • Resist/react/change/flip/challenge

Titles so far, the myth, to riot to, label yourself, be the awesome.