This week I am going to write my laws of the artist. These aren’t all of the ones that artists should live by but what I feel it is important statements and rules that artists should use to help themselves be great and express themselves.
1. Everything and anything is inspiration.
As an artist you can be inspired by everything around you. There isn’t one idea that doesn’t have potential to be immense. Being able to take in the world around us and turn it into something new is one of the beautiful things about being a creative person. Take time in your life to take in the world and churn it inside of you mixing with yourself and turn it out to the world as art. This is a communication of you.
2. Find time to let the artist juices flow.
Because of our busy society we lose touch with others around us and sometime with ourselves. So we need to take the time, as much as possible, to let the world arouse our being and to create. This is one of the great gifts of mankind is to create. We have this godlike power to create and manipulate things and make them new. Artists are the ones who have this gift to the highest degree and we need to make sure we use our power and create.
3. Always have the tools of the trade available or at least a pen and paper.
I am always a fan of the basics, pen/pencil and paper. I like to draw thumbnails of my ideas or write them down on paper, but if you’re a photography have a camera, or if you’re write a notebook computer or paper. It just depends on your mediums of work. At the minimum have some kind of paper to write-down your ideas.
4. Think outside, inside, on top of, underneath, within.. WHATEVER of that box.
All ideas like questions can never be dumb or stupid…. Well most of them. As a creator, an artist you are the one who sets the final boundary of your art. Don’t just think outside the box. Think without boundaries. As much as limits can make idea fly, sometimes you need to just think so out there to reel in your final astonishing idea.
5. Your art is an extension of you, so be truly you.
As an artist, what you make is you in that moment of creation. What you think, feel, even who you are. You wouldn’t like everything you do, but you should understand its part of you. Unlike design, which is both art and a communication of the design and the clients, art is just yours. Be selfish and embrace your art