Art Evolution: Grow and Harvest

Do you sometimes feel left behind. I know I do! Do you have ideas, dreams, and goals that you’d like to accomplish but you feel like you are behind everyone else? Sometimes that feeling will make you dated and out of the loop not only as an artist but as a person. How do you get past it? Well, I tell ya. You evolve and grow so that you can reap the benefits.

Art evolves

Art has changed, but the creative mind is the same. Radio plays different stuff. Selling music and art is more popular and profitable being done online. If you are a photographer you can sell your pics of trees and car crashes to sites as stock footage for people to use. What a new and interesting world. Continue reading “Art Evolution: Grow and Harvest”

10 skills I taught myself: Train Yourself

The phrase “self-taught” is an awesome phrase. Isn’t it wonderful when people get so determined that they go after the skills that get them to their goals and successes? I am The New Bruce (aka That Creative Dude), and these are a few of mine that I hope may light a spark in you.

1. Singing

I learned to sing by dissecting my favorite songs by my favorite artists. I would watch or read their interviews. They would make me feel like I could do it too. I lacked the confidence to jump out there and therefore it took years to become secure in my own style and voice. I recorded a song in 1998 that people actually liked but still not enough confidence. Your art won’t be denied however and in 2015, 17 yrs later, I’d record my first CD. Stay Loose or Panic! Sometimes it takes a minute to believe in yourself. Continue reading “10 skills I taught myself: Train Yourself”

This is not a hobby: Who is your art for?

One thing that used to drive me crazy as an early artist was “You are so artistic, I bet that’s a fun hobby”. Well outsider, this is not a hobby, this is my life!

HOBBY: A hobby is a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. Thanks for the definition Wikipedia.

Artist: a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.a person who practices one of the fine arts, especially a painter or sculptor. A person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design, Continue reading “This is not a hobby: Who is your art for?”

Stuck in a Creative Rut: The Creative Slump.

Has this every happened to you? You are working on your creation. Perhaps it is your new song, poem, book chapter, painting, or script idea. Then BANG, you can’t get it to go the way you want it to. It’s like your thoughts went to sleep. You say, I’ll take a little break and come back. You come back and it feels like a concert of crickets. Nothing, nada, zip.

What a dumb question that was to ask, wasn’t it? All artists have creative slumps. We all get caught in the loop that has become so common nowadays that it’s widely discussed in creative writing topics, art therapy, and more.

It can cause artist depression. Continue reading “Stuck in a Creative Rut: The Creative Slump.”

Keeping a zen peace and being in the zone

As an artist of any kind, a zone of creativity is necessary. That sweet spot where you can let your ideas flow and find every quirky idea. You can put it together and it becomes a creation that you are proud of. Everyone’s zone is different, but you must find yours. You will notice a difference in your work for sure.

I’ve experimented in many ways to find what works best for my creative process. The beach, the lake, traffic, at home in a candle lit room with the power completely shut off, and others. Some of these worked well and some were a disaster. Maybe you will be like Mikey. You’ll try it and you’ll like it. You’ll really like it.

Quiet Zones

Some artists love quiet places. They go and sit in quiet and think.

The ideas start to come forward. They grab a pen Continue reading “Keeping a zen peace and being in the zone”