Aug 042017
 

Be #creative now (from a greeting card #sketch) #edited #drawing #nonrectangular #blue #geometric #art #artwork #greetingcards #russian #linandaras_art (at Khotkovo)

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Nov 212014
 

Meaning and morality of One’s life come from within oneself. Healthy, strong individuals seek self expansion by experimenting and by living dangerously. Life consists of an infinite number of possibilities and the healthy person explores as many of them as posible. Religions that teach pity, self-contempt, humility, self-restraint and guilt are incorrect. The good life is ever changing, challenging, devoid of regret, intense, creative and risky.

Friedrich Nietzsche
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Nov 152014
 

While you’re being creative, nothing is wrong. There’s no such thing as a mistake, and any drivel may lead to the breakthrough.

The very essence of playfulness is an openness to anything that may happen, the feeling that whatever happens, it’s okay… you’re either free to play, or you’re not.

John Cleese

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Aug 192014
 

I’ve come to realize success means a lot of different things to different artists… In my case it was a matter of trying to get what these days is called “a life.” I wanted to do something that I could live in. I observed clock-watchers who sold out short in what I considered to be unpleasant jobs. I wanted a mind-bending challenge that held my interest and fired me out of bed like a rocket. I didn’t want compromise. Preferably I wanted everything I did to be my own thing. The idea of signing my name on things always appealed to me. I wanted to make a contribution and I wanted to enhance the lives of others as well as that of my family. All these wants were a tough order for a person who was known to be inadequate.

Then the problem of talent reared its ugly head. I found out that talent is what you make of what you have left after the other stuff fails. I also liked the type of work because it seemed like play. I was willing to work hard at play—lack of concentration at dull activities made sure of that. And I wasn’t cut out for shopping. Shopping’s a time-waster and a money-loser. I’m sorry, but staying out of stores is the thing. (I’m not talking about your regular tofu stores.) Non-spending is the path to security. That’s how I got an idea about success. Success means having freedom. Freedom to follow your nose. You need freedom in order to create, and you need creativity in order to pay the price for your freedom.

Success may be a sticky business, difficult to pin down. I’m an authority on failure. Failure happens when you lose track of your chosen process.

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Robert Genn
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Jul 272014
 

It feels wrong when people, especially creative ones, use social media not because and when they feel it but purely to sell their product, get more likes and followers. Some even hire virtual assistants to keep online appearances. Don’t really see much point in following anybody like this. It is not for real. I am not saying that artists shouldn’t share their work. But tailoring everything you are saying and doing for maximum profit is just too cold hearted, mechanical, non-human.

Another annoying trend is persistent luring into payed membership communities by people trying to earn money online. Yes, everybody has their right for an income. But we are so used to free interaction within forums, groups, chat rooms. .. Maybe this is to change. Maybe it’s inevitable. In a way it is fair if people earn at least a penny for every like or repost of their content. But will we be willing to pay?

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Jul 272014
 

It feels wrong when people, especially creative ones, use social media not because and when they feel it but purely to sell their product, get more likes and followers. Some even hire virtual assistants to keep online appearances. Don’t really see much point in following anybody like this. It is not for real. I am not saying that artists shouldn’t share their work. But tailoring everything you are saying and doing for maximum profit is just too cold hearted, mechanical, non-human.

Another annoying trend is persistent luring into payed membership communities by people trying to earn money online. Yes, everybody has their right for an income. But we are so used to free interaction within forums, groups, chat rooms. .. Maybe this is to change. Maybe it’s inevitable. In a way it is fair if people earn at least a penny for every like or repost of their content. But will we be willing to pay?

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Jul 122014
 

Well, here I am. I want my life to be a work of art but homemaking really falls behind at the moment. Hopefully writing about it will help me (and other souls struggling) to bring more joy, health and beauty into every day life.

I like herbal teas. My granny and her sister to blame. It feels better drinking them than any highly processed goodness-knows-from-where supermarket hot drinks. I grow some herbs in my small garden & micro allotment (wild rosehips on the picture – constant battle with thorns though).

I am also in love with night shopping. That thyme bunch infusing costed me only 12 p. because Tesco was about to close. The bag of oranges – 40p.

Another passion is foraging. On the way from Tesco I picked a handfull of fresh cherries in the park. Right from a tree. Priceless 🙂

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Jul 082014
 

I’ve read the book “The Artist’s Way” a while ago and thought that the idea of “shadow artists” working somewhere near real artists – because they are afraid to live their dream – was very true. Since then I’ve been trying hard to be a “real” visual artist. Although I love making art I often feel that my creations somehow are inferior. Recently I’ve found some personality-related advice ( http://personalityjunkie.com/infj-careers-jobs-majors-occupation/ ) which suggest that a “shadow artist” (curator, art history teacher) is actually my kind of artist as I am not a sensory type. Could this be true?

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Jul 082014
 

I’ve read the book “The Artist’s Way” a while ago and thought that the idea of “shadow artists” working somewhere near real artists – because they are afraid to live their dream – was very true. Since then I’ve been trying hard to be a “real” visual artist. Although I love making art I often feel that my creations somehow are inferior. Recently I’ve found some personality-related advice ( http://personalityjunkie.com/infj-careers-jobs-majors-occupation/ ) which suggest that a “shadow artist” (curator, art history teacher) is actually my kind of artist as I am not a sensory type. Could this be true?

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Apr 282014
 

On Writing – Stephen King:

I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our livesare largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible. It’s best that I be as clear about this as I can—I want you to understand that my basic belief about the making of stories is that they pretty much…

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