Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | April 2014

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Move out of Your Comfort Zone

Artists have unique sets of skills learned through the materials, elements, structures, and rules of their art forms. They know, however, that their greatest art is created when they take those basic techniques and break them apart just enough to take them to the edge and create something innovative and new. It requires a thorough knowledge of the artistic process and the willingness to step out of their comfort zones.

I believe the most important single thing beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.
~ Maya Angelou

Great artists are courageous and daring.
  • They use experimentation and variation. 
  • They’re broadminded. 
  • They open up the artistic process and free themselves from immobilizing fears. 
  • They break free from the past and push themselves to do something they wouldn’t ordinarily do. 
  • They use materials they’ve never used before. 
  • They expand structures. 
  • They change their daily routine. 

It’s vital that artists know the techniques of their art forms; but once they are secure in their knowledge, they can still honor those practices as they break through just enough to create something new. They see where that will take them, knowing all along that it will probably be uncomfortable at first and they may have to go back and try again. 
If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
~ Katharine Hepburn

Anyone can personally create great art in their life by first knowing and understanding the basic elements, materials, structures, and rules set in place by their experiences. That allows them the environment to be daring and move out of their comfort zones, to experiment and broaden their vision. It’s always important to keep an open mind, even to what at first appears to be off the wall. It’s scary, but do it anyway. Here are some suggestions to begin to break free:
  • Accept the uncertainty.
  • Take action. Go for it.
  • Challenge yourself. 
  • Put in the creative effort—practice.
  • Replace negative thoughts with more positive ones.
  • Change your routines.
  • Practice curiosity.
In his speech at the Sorbonne in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt emphasized his belief that the success of a nation rested not on the brilliance of its citizens but on disciplined work and character—the quality of its people. When we are able to break free of our comfort zones, we can contribute not only to our own success and well-being, but much more to the world around us.

Regardless of whether they are musicians, composers, dancers, actors, visual artists, or writers, arts awareness requires artists to step out of their comfort zones. This aspect of the artistic process is part of a broader body of knowledge that allows them to form patterns of creative consciousness that can transform our understanding of the world. It allows us to examine the value of basic principles for thriving amidst the changes and upheaval of the 21st century. We can use this process to break through barriers that we all face as individuals, parents, educators, and leaders in businesses and organizations and take people from the details of creating art to the uplifting revelations of creative consciousness and awareness as a human being.

Interesting—Check it out:

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown offers a powerful vision that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. 
Why Frequent Trips Outside Your Comfort Zone Are So Important by Michael Hyatt explores the idea that if you are to accomplish significant things in your life, you must spend a lot of time outside your comfort zone and that you might as well get the most out of it.
Dare to Be Daring. This Huffington Post blog by BeverlyD shares the viewpoint that daring involves doing, and doing is action; action creates more energy. Practicing, getting curious, expanding your world view, is how you train for daring. 
All things are possible until they are proved impossible 
and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

~ Pearl S. Buck
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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 or 901-229-1955, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.
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