How to reach the happiness, how to have and maintain the positivity in our creative lives?
It's not an easy thing to stay positive all time. Trust me, I know... so here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
Stay away from those who don't believe in you, who only show up in your lifes when they need something. As mentioned in the latest journal by DamaiMikaz - some people are just pretending to be your friends in order to use you or your skills (don't let them). Be aware of those who are trustworthy and it's said that "person will become the average of their five closest friends".. so be cautious and surround yourself with like-minded people, ones who support and inspire you not only at your best, but also when you need someone to talk to or it feels like the whole world is against you.
2. Stop complaining
Noone likes people who just complain all the time, instead of doing something about the situation. We all have the same amount of time every single day, we all have our own struggles and life can be such an unpredictable thing after all. But once you acnowledge that complaining isn't going to help you in any way - find solutions, deal with the problems and move on. (There is only one person who can change something in your life.. so do it). Don't seek excuses to avoid actual work.
Waiting for someday when you'll have that amazing brush or expensive tablet - don't let yourself think that tools make an artist. It's about your ability to be creative even without fancy equipment, devoting your time to studies and practice and looking for ways to develop yourself and your skills every single day. Be passionate about what you do and nothing will be able to stop you.
3. Take care of yourself
As a person who had been dealing with insomnia for last few weeks, i can really say that's it's crucial to have a good sleep when you can. Don't forget to take breaks often and do wrist stretches. I've heard many artists to say that stayed up all night in order to work non-stop on their artworks.. or that they been painting for so many hours without any break at all.... - it's not worth it. I've been myself that kind of person, but my wrist now hurts a lot and I'm trying to let it rest as much as I can.
Also - try not sit all the time by computer. Yes - it's tempting and yes, it's necessary for studies, socializing and painting, but... think about how it influences your body - eye-sight and spine. There is a wonderful software - f.lux that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day - to not damage your eye-sight so much (but don't forget to turn it off when you're painting, as it really changes the color a lot). Try to do some exercises - even if it's just a walk outside.
4. Get over your inner doubts and failures
Bad things happen all the time. It's about how you deal with them, how you deal with yourself - that matters. After a bad painting, unsuccesfull drawing or not achieving what you wanted - it's so easy to get upset and not do anything to make things better. Self-loathing can be such a destructive thing.
Let yourself be sad for a little time, if you really, really need it. Then think about the reasons why it happened, learn from them. Don't let negativity to stand in your way, don't let the past define your future. When you take an action - that's what makes you grow and become the better version of yourself. Try to see the positive outcome, even if it doesn't seem like that.
5. Be thankful and help others
Be grateful for what is in your life. Place to live, food to eat, family, pets and friends, opportunity to make great stuff. Don't take things for granted. As the time goes away you will have so many regrets if you won't cherish what you have at the given moment. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed.
Don't be afraid to tell your parents and siblings how much you love them, don't hesitate to pet your cat/dog, spend some meaningful time with them. Be thankful when people support you and help those who are struggling with their art or life. You may never know who looks up to you, that what you are and what you do means a lot to someone, that you and what you do really matters.
This week I found some lovely resources - this inspiring blog about positivity, insightful digital painting tutorial by Shaddy Safadi, this amazing blog with lots of grear interviews, Art Tips & Life Blips - amazing video series by HowlSeage, artblog of Sachin Teng - creative artworks with such a great use of colors, wonderful interview with inspiring loish, stunning illustrations in art-spire and a video - "How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone" by Alex Ikonn and Jerrome Jarre.
P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/ and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel.
Have a wonderful week!
"Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever present game of knowing."