How to choose better for your Art + Life

How to choose better for your Art + Life

Do you ever feel like you made the wrong decision? Upon looking back, it seems so obviously wrong. How could I make that decision? Well, that is what I am talking about today. Have a look here: If you want to be better able to choose what you want, especially regarding your art-making, it helps to have criteria. Knowing what constitutes a YES, and more importantly, a NO beforehand, can increase your correct choices. It is never that one decision that is particularly problematic but instead the...

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Are you thinking big enough?

Are you thinking big enough?

I remember not feeling so good about the kind of art I was making. I thought it was because of my circumstances. I had all sorts of ideas about what was or was not possible for me. But years ago, I had a conversation with my father, Clifford Wilton, who changed all that. He said something to me that made me realize I was not thinking big enough and honestly imagining what I did want. Not just in my art, but my life, too. And that's what today's video is all about. Have a look here: Every year...

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I am not competitive

I am not competitive

I used to hate competition. But now it doesn't bother me. I figured out that competition was so unpleasant because I was focusing too much on everyone else. I lost track of me in the process. Whether you are running a race, dancing, making art, or almost any kind of creative expression, it just doesn't help when you are not squarely in the driver's seat. In other words, the more you pay attention to your internal conversation instead of the noisier, external one, the more your art, or whatever...

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How to make your art more consistently

How to make your art more consistently

Do you ever set goals for yourself to make art so many hours so many times a week? I used to do that, but I discovered that it rarely works out for me. So I changed my thinking. That is what this video is about today. Have a look here: I call this strategy, "Following the Pattern of Desire." This thinking means that I pay more attention to the pattern or sequence of making art, rather than how long I do the activity. If I only make art for 30 min, it is still a win because I upheld the pattern...

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These 3 hacks help me make art

These 3 hacks help me make art

I love simple hacks that can help make my art easier, quicker, and better. Today I want to share three with you that I've recently started doing in my art practice. Maybe they could help you too. Have a look here: In the end, it is about creating more time for yourself so you can focus on the part of your art process that lights you up the most. What tips and tricks do you use to help make your art easier, quicker, and better? Let us know in the comments. I hope today is a sparkly art day....

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So you want to sell your art?

So you want to sell your art?

I received this question the other day: “Is it wrong to try to make art that sells?” This answer is, well, not entirely. And there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But from my experience, I coach artists to focus first on making art they genuinely love. The kind of art they couldn’t resist buying. If you can do this, then you stand a much better shot at selling your art to others. Here is why: In short, the secret ingredient in the art that sells is the maker's passion. People are not just...

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Maizy

Maizy

A few days ago, we had to say goodbye to Maizy, our sweet dog. She was such a fixture in my life, in my family's life, and I know, for many of you, she touched your heart as well. I thought I would share a small piece of her sweetness with you today instead of talking about art. I will miss her so, so much. Click on the video below to watch. Thanks for being here. Nicholas PS Thanks for all the amazing entries for the Art2Life International Exhibition. There are 2 days left to enter, so you...

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These art tools help me the most

These art tools help me the most

I get many questions about my favorite tools, and it’s been a few years since I last shared them with you, so today, I thought I would share a couple. All of them help me create an essential contrast in my art. It is a contrast, or “difference,” in my art that I love. It is the difference between control and out of control. Instead of a careful, perfectly made mark, I prefer mine to feel a little like they were made by mistake. It just seems so much more unpredictable. Click on the video below...

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Are you juggling too much?

Are you juggling too much?

Do you sometimes feel you have too many ideas? Does it seem crazy to be entertaining one more thing with everything you already have on your plate? How do you deal with the overwhelm of all those creative ideas and plans you have? People accuse me of taking on WAY too many things, and as a result, I have thought a great deal about this. I have some thoughts about this that might help. Click on the video below to have a look. In case you are rushing to your next idea and don't have time for...

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I was avoiding this.

I was avoiding this.

Pulling off a small painting is hard. However, it can feel especially daunting to make a painting bigger than yourself. After I moved a raw 8ft x 8ft canvas into my studio, this is how I felt. I was unsure and reluctant to begin. There is just so much white space. The pandemic came along, and I postponed starting because, after all, it wasn't safe to be in my studio. That was a pretty good excuse. It bought me some time. But eventually, I just had to start. And that changed everything....

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