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Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | January 2014

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Welcome to the January 2014 edition of Arts Awareness E-Newsletter delivered to your desktop each month. If you know someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter, please let them know how to sign up through www.artsawareness.com

New Year—New Art

People make New Year’s resolutions because it feels like it’s a chance to begin again. New Year’s resolutions are essentially a creative process. They’re similar to what artists experience every time they begin a new work of art—such as a painting, sculpture, composition, choreography, play, or the preparation of a  piece of music for performance. 

Artists begin with a question—for instance:
  • “What should I create?”
  • “What story do I want to tell?”
  • “What color or sound do I want to explore?” 
  • “What do I want to experience?” 
  • “What idea do I want to delve into?”
  • “What memory do I want to examine?”
  • “What can I do to fully express myself about this idea/issue/image/situation?”     

The New Year gives all of us a chance to consider what we want to create in our lives as we move through the year ahead. For the artist, the work of art is only the beginning. Creating the work often leads to achieving other goals, and although the other results may not be recognized or known at the time, the artistic process itself is meaningful and worth the time. But the reality is that it has to start someplace.
 
 
The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery, is of little worth.
~ Ezra Pound
 
Artists begin with a goal in mind—to create something meaningful that represents their idea. While some works of art turn out better than imagined, others fail. Great artists learn to use failure as a way to grow and enhance their artistry. While failure might be disappointing, they work on where they went wrong, they determine how it can be fixed, or they start over again. Clarity of purpose and persistence are fundamental to the artistic process. 
 
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
~ Henry David Thoreau
 
If you look at your New Year’s resolutions as a chance to begin again with a clear goal in mind, as something you can create and have control over, you are more likely to succeed. If you fail, it doesn’t mean you just give up. Instead, determine where it went wrong and how it can be corrected, or you can simply begin again. Be sure your goals are clear. Vague goals lead to chaos and confusion. You’re creating a work of art—don’t try to create too much at one time. Creating great art takes focus and the willingness to prioritize. In reality each day, in fact, each hour or minute is a chance to begin again with a “blank canvas.” Creating art doesn’t mean you have to wait for a certain day. Often shorter term goals are easier to accomplish and can lead to longer term successes. 
 
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
~ Paul Cezanne
 
The New Year is an opportunity to begin a new work of art. Where do you start? How do you plan? How do you know what you want to create in your life and work? Artists have sole control over taking their artistic expressions in any direction they want. When they begin a work of art, it is from an honest and authentic place. In this place, they are passionate and empowered and inspired to express themselves. They create art for a reason. Imagine how powerful your life could be if you approached it this New Year as a fulltime artist. 
 


Interesting—Check it out:

Make Your Life and Work a Work of Art, a blog post by Linda Naiman, founder of Creativity at Work and co-author of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work, discusses how to bring more artistry into your life and work.
 
Eric Maisel is a therapist with a practice centered around artists, writers and performers. In this inventive workbook, Fearless Creating, he comes up with many exercises designed to help you blast through your own inertia and fear, to get you back to your creative work.
 
In the DVD, Inspirations by Tadao Ando, David Bowie, and Michael Apted, seven artists discuss why they became artists and what it means to create as both a daily routine and a lifelong passion. 
 
A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world.
~ Hans Hofmann
 
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About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in leadership, everyday life, and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at patricia@artsawareness.com or 901-229-1955, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.
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