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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

THE SEVEN C's OF CREATIVITY

"For me, the reason to do art is that it is compelling. Art is a drive, a very complex desire and need, urgency and pleasure."
Mary Frank


Creativity requires a lot from the creator. We are all creative, however, not everyone taps into their creativity or takes advantage of it. Being creative is very hard work and yet, it can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being human. And it can be even more rewarding for artists.

For those of you who would like to become more productive and creative artists, try adopting these Seven C's:

COURAGE

Proclaim yourself an artist. Stand tall. Paint something. Show it to people. Be brave. Be fearless. Being courageous with creativity doesn't hurt and it doesn't cost a thing.

CONFIDENCE

Pretend that you know exactly what you are doing. (Even if you don't really believe it - however, it is best if you DO believe it)

Trust yourself and your instincts.

Be self-reliant. Be self-assured. Acting confidently has gotten me through many situations, events and paintings.

CHOICE Being creative is all about making choices and decisions. (I won't list them all here) Accept having to make choices, make them and move on. Making decisions can be very empowering.

CLARITY As in, "clarity of purpose". Why an artist? What kind of artist? What is my art about? What do I want to say with my art? (Or is my art just for fun, recreation or entertainment - all good by the way) The clearer you are about your creativity, the more productive you will be, the more fun you will have and the more meaningful the experience will be.

CONVICTION Believe in yourself and your skill and your talent. (At whatever stage in your development you are as an artist right now) Have conviction. Get motivated. Be driven. Hold steadfast to your beliefs, values and opinions. Then, create from this place.

CONSISTENCY Creating is one thing. Getting better at it is another. The only way I know of to get better at your craft is through consistency. Attending class regularly, setting up a regular weekly painting schedule and sticking with it. Avoiding procrastination and distractions. Showing up at your easel on a regular basis and sticking with it long enough for something to happen.

COMMITMENT As in, "making a commitment" to yourself to be an artist and create. DO IT! Don't just dream about it. DO IT! Creating is amazing and you will feel amazing for indulging your creativity and engaging in creative activities.

Best,

David