Tool #1: JUST BE.

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As artists leading dynamic, busy and demanding lives, it is important to return to our source – the self, just as we are.

Let that be enough, let that be inspiration in whatever creative energy you share today.

When we allow ourselves to just be, we connect to the human side, the part less tainted by how complicated our schedules have become and standards – which are really just abstract ideas humans have created to judge and create hierarchies.

True artistry runs along a subjective wave, riding the ups and downs of life as it is.

“To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others may experience the same feeling – this is the activity of art.”
Leo Tolstoy, What Is Art?

Be. Be that whole and healthy artist, just as you are, recognizing thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, just as they are. Integrate yourself, just as you are, into artistry.

Take a minute now to just be; prompt though do not force steady breathing, expand your spine to invite fresh energy flow. Next, take a few minutes after that to apply this fresh energy into art making. Prioritize quality of mind leading the way rather than quality of skill with any particular artistic genre.

Hold the charcoal. Grab some scraps. Type without looking down. Frame yourself just as you are…that is beautiful.

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