Igniting Your Creativity

A My Blog Guest Special Feature

Tips on Inspiration and Creativity

Igniting your creativity

Being creative is not just something that happens to people accidentally. You might start off with a spur of excitement concerning one idea or concept, but when it comes down to remaining creative over a longer period of time most people struggle. The term writer’s block is famous amongst all those working in a profession where creating text is key, but similar concepts apply to those in performing arts, visual artists and other creative professions. This article will provide a few tips on how you can maintain your creativity and potentially enhance it.

Listen to music

Music can set the mood for your day, but it can also help spark that creative light in you. If you feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward with a project, create a playlist that will push you forward. If you are writing, think about what your character would listen to or what genre your interview objects are interested in. If you are painting or creating visual art focus on the mood of the idea you already have and search online for artists reflecting that mood. Look at their lyrics and see where they take you. Maybe you find a story in them that compliments what you are working with, or maybe you are taken in an entirely new direction. Either or, it is sure to stir something up you can use.

Write it down

You never know when a great idea would come to mind. It can sneak up on you and take you completely by surprise. This is why so many artists and writers carry a notebook around with them. Take little bullet point notes of what you see, experience, feel and it can come in handy when you are trying to recall a memory or find inspiration later on. If you have a blank wall in your home hang up a large chalkboard. These won’t ruin the style of your home, and can be a valuable tool when you want to stay creative. Write down your bullet points on the board as soon as you come back home, then draw or expand on those bullet points. The chalk board will stop you from hanging post-its or having loose pieces of paper floating around, and it will allow you to gather all your ideas in one place.

Use the Internet

If you are stuck, there is nothing worse than just staring at your screen or your work. However, use the internet and get inspired. Use search engines to find images, music, text and so on about the topic you are working with. This might sound obvious but there is more to it than this. Look at the bullet points you made on your chalk board or notepad. Make a spider diagram by putting in words and phrases you find online. Soon you will start to see a red threat in you notes and this is the path you should follow when you feel ready to start work again.

Do not stop
Make sure you don’t let the block take over. If you feel stuck maybe you have gone down the wrong path. It is never too late to start over. The project you have developed can be picked back up at a later date when you might have had new experiences and challenges that will help you finish it. You are in charge of your creativity so don’t let the block control you, take charge.

Bio:
Ingunn is a creative personality writing about the arts and interior decorating, with a special love for chalkboards.

 

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Making the Leap from an Advanced Hobbyist to a Professional Photographer

 

 

If photography is your passion, there will eventually come a time when you’ll consider turning your hobby into a career. Nothing is more satisfying than making a living doing something that you love, but you must carefully consider all of the variables and also take certain steps to ensure that your career will be successful.

There is a lot of truth to the saying that a camera doesn’t make the photographer; even the most expensive equipment won’t help those who have no eye for photography. Therefore it is not necessary to run out and purchase all of the most expensive camera equipment. When you’re scouring your local ads for DSLR deals, it’s best to keep in mind that investing in quality glass is actually more important than the camera body. Any skilled photographer with at least a Digital Rebel will have the ability to turn out high quality, professional photographs.

Once you decide that you want to cultivate a photography career it will become imperative to choose a specialty. While it is important to diversify, you’ll do your best work, and therefore build the best reputation, by doing photography that appeals to you. The first major distinction to make is between fine art work and portrait work. If your passion lies with nature or architecture photography then your best bet will be to market your photography to genre specific magazines, at art fairs and via an online store. If photographing children is more your cup of tea, however, then you’ll need to invest in quality backgrounds, portrait lenses and a light kit. Again, there is no rule that states that you can’t do both portrait and fine art photography, but focusing more on one of the two options will yield the best results.

 

Six Important Things to Know about the Life of a Professional Photographer:

1.) If you work for yourself, then you’ll have to pay all of your taxes each year at tax time. Keep records on everything that you purchase for your business and be sure to track your mileage, too. You will not be able to fill out your taxes on an EZ form, so you may wish to consult with a professional tax preparer. Your state or county may also require you to maintain a sales tax license in order to sell your services, so be sure to check into your local guidelines.

2.) Marketing and word of mouth are everything. Invest in quality business cards and make sure to place ads in all applicable places. Vflyer.com offers free Craigslist templates, which will allow you to stand out from the crowd. You should also consider offering a referral discount for clients who send you new business.

3.) Model releases are critical for photographers who are interested in selling their work. If a person’s identity can be discerned in the photograph, then you need a signed model release before you attempt to sell the image.

4.) Professional photographers who photograph other people need to invest in liability insurance, along with insurance on their equipment. Without liability insurance, you could end up losing everything if someone gets hurt during a shoot.

5.) Never shoot without a contract. Sample contracts are available online, but make sure that the verbiage adheres to all of your local and state laws.

6.) Don’t give away your work for free. Doing so sets a bad precedent and will make it difficult to charge people in the future.

Are you considering making the leap or have you recently done so? Share your stories and tips below.

 

Five Best Social Networks for Artists

Top Five Social Networks for Artists

Another installment of creative gems in blogging via MyBlogGuest.com

As an artist who wants to make a career out of your talent and passion, you know how important it is to connect with other like-minded individuals. Being an artist isn’t just about creating art; it’s also about being part of a creative community. And while art is a true form of self-expression, it serves a greater purpose when it’s shared with others rather than kept to the artist alone. The Internet is one of the greatest resources you have as an artist to build your contacts and get exposure. There are lots of vibrant artistic communities online waiting for you to discover. Here are some of the best social networks for artists.

DeviantART.com

DeviantART is one of the largest and most diverse communities of artists online. It has more than 12 million members to date, and they’re showcasing more than 100 million original works. On deviantART, you can create your own personal gallery and portfolio with an unlimited number of works. You can get feedback from other artists, and there are many groups you can join in order to connect with more specific communities. You can even sell prints of your work and buy work from others.

Artrise.com

For the more professionally-minded artist, Artrise is a great community for connecting with people who are active in the art industry. You can build and showcase your portfolio, network with other artists, and brose the awesome and diverse gallery. There are also event listing to help you connect with artists out in the real world, and art job listings that can help you find a position in the industry. There are also active groups like Opera and Classical Music where you can find others with similar interests.

ArtSlant.com

Artslant is an artistic community focusing on contemporary and modern art. Here you’ll find information on all the latest developments, exhibits, news, and events in the contemporary art world. There are different Artslant sites for major cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. With an Artslant professional profile, you can exhibit up to 60 of your works and connect with many major players in the art world. Browse listings for shows, jobs, and get noticed.

Artbistro.com

ArtBistro is powered by Monster, so it’s an ideal place for artists looking to break into the world of paid and professional artistry. All types of artists can benefit from this community. Create your personal profile and portfolio, and get valuable career information and advice on becoming a professional artist. There are job listings, as well as information on art schools.

Artists2Artists.net

On Artists2Artists you can connect with artists of all different types, and along with your portfolio, you can keep a personal blog. There are groups and forums in which to discuss all sorts of artistic concerns and visions. You can view the events calendar to find happenings in the art world near you, and there is a hefty database of great articles and information that any artist will enjoy. You can also share your portfolio here with your Facebook friends and on your website.

   Jeffrey Bruma is an aspiring artist and entrepreneur who loves to blog when he has the time. He enjoys giving advice to other artists on how best to advance their reputation.   ♦

♦  Photo Credit: Oruhito

First Poetry Feature via My Blog Guest

It Dares You To Share

(A My Blog Guest Poetry Premier!)

Going up and going down in this crazy, calm world.
Floating over the attached world we live and die in.
With no and every cause to change and stay the same,
We stay and go while we sit and stare.

Waking and sleeping into a world of reality and dreams.
Hearing in silence while speaking wordlessly,
The days go by and stop in place.
Creativity is hard to see with easy eyes to miss it.
Around and through we jump and still.
Never be the days that are always around.

As we go over the hills and through the woods,
To our grandmother’s house we go.
It stings the toes and bites the nose.
As over the ground we go, to where the sidewalk ends.
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight.

The place where the sidewalk ends is where I met a Raven.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As if someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more.”

As they say to others, but don’t at all:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

So Mary has a little lamb with its fleece as white as snow,
But everywhere we travel now, we’re not sure where to go.

With money and time never enough,
We fight with days and long nights.
Together we flock in our floating worlds.
Cemented in spaces that are firmly held.

Never time to run away with always a time to stay.
Live and love and learn to say,
With words as soft and warm as day.
To always run and fly away,
The grandma and raven to us we fray.
As the sidewalk ends and Mary way,
To a good night of gentle we shouldn’t sway.
Being of us and we of they,
Tonight and always we have to play.

So visit and live with room to think,
Strangely, sleep is often the final link.

This uniquely compiled piece is a poem featuring combinations of lines from multiple famous authors such as Shel Silvertein and Edgar Allen Poe.

The first two and last two stanzas are composed solely by Miscelleana Rhinehart.

(with words mixed in throughout to make the lines fit together.)

About The Author:
Miscelleana Rhinehart is a passionate writer, sharing her thoughts with descriptive words and creatively strung sentences. Visit her imagined thoughts and Reed more.

Urban Art: A Creative Inspirations Guest Post

Creative Inspirations: Urban Art

A ‘My Blog Guest‘ Entry by Stuart Green

Urban Art

Say “urban art” to a lot of people and one of two things will generally happen. Firstly, you will get a completely blank expression as the person has no idea what you are talking about. The alternative is that they will look at you, face lighting up and say “oh yeah, like Banksy?” While Banksy would be an excellent example, urban art stretches far further than pretty paintings on the sides of buildings and on pavements. Whether it is murals, aggressive sculptures or a graffiti wall, urban art can encapsulate a whole range of ideas and creative inspirations. Thinking about the way this can influence people’s thinking, are they really a fit for modern art galleries?


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Modern Attitudes

While attitudes towards art galleries have evolved massively in recent years, they are much more inclusive and no longer seen as a middle to upper class area, there is still a certain “something” which fits well within an art gallery. It is this factor which sees the Turner art prize be so polarising, as the debate is continually opened, closed and re-opened over whether a messy bedroom, a bin, or a sculpture made out of carrier bags actually constitutes a piece of art.

Looking for an industrial unit to let in which to display your art is an excellent option for adding authenticity and an edgy twist to your art. If you are the type of artist who creates wide ranges of work, then an industrial unit to let could be the ideal blank canvas for putting your ideas to the world. One of the beauties of such buildings is that you can use as much or as little space as you want. Artists look to focus on capturing moods, and in an industrial unit there are many ways to influence how people feel.


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Taking Control

There are many ways artists can manipulate the feelings of visitors to exhibitions, and more often than not it is through the art itself. Should you decide to hold an exhibition in an industrial unit to let, however, there will be far greater options at your disposal for creating a heart-stopping show. Whether it is by making a bright arena full of colour, or giving the impression of a dilapidated, abandoned old warehouse, there are many different options and ideas, no doubt limitless to those with a creative mind.

Industrial units to let are associated with many uses, try placing your art in there and watch your reputation soar.

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It’s never been easy for me… To find words to go along with a melody… But this time there’s actually something on my mind… So please forgive these few brief, awkward lines…
Music and Lyrics I cried my eyes out for a solid hour earlier today.  One of those great crying sessions where you just feel moved by something entirely unrelated to your life, that somehow ignites an attachment to every emotion you’ve ever had… Wait, am I the only one who does that? Either Way, I hope you enjoy this Gulkin Gazette Top Five Little Ditty From the Movie, ‘Music and Lyrics’ Written by Adam Schlesinger   Follow Me To See The or Video..

And Though I’ve Already Blown More Chances than Anyone should ever Get, All I’m Asking You is, ‘Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet” Music and Lyrics

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

Work is love made visible.

In celebration of National Book Lovers Day, (which yes, was technically yesterday, but my heart was so devoted to my work.. I did not charter my ship off the set course)  😉

Dusk Till Dawn Diary

Your prayers. They’re not fables.

Let the Little Ditties Begin!

The Gulkin Gazette Presents:

The Killers ‘My List’

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Dusk Till Dawn Diary

The KillersMy List

Songwriters:

Mark August Stoermer

Brandon Flower

Dave Brent Keuning,

Jr. Vannucci

I need those eyes to tide me over
I’ll take your picture when I go

It gives me strength and gives me patience
But I’ll never let you know

I got nothing on you baby
But I always said I try

Let me show you how much I care
Cause sometimes it gets hard
And don’t she know

Don’t give the ghost up

just clench your fist
You should have known by now

you were on my list

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The Killers

The Killers are definitely one of my all time top five.  The lyrics of this little ditty brought a few sappy tears to my eyes earlier. I’ve only recently discovered that as my life has moved along its path, I’ve always been able to find a disturbingly reliable state of contentment and sweet solace in the simplicity of loneliness… surrounded by self-fabricated walls of smoke, mirrors and illusions of self-defense.

There is no risk within loneliness, no investment that your heart has to trust someone else with.  I have spent twenty (something) years comforted by disarray, with the safety that I somehow skewed from isolation, the clutching power of self preservation.  In regard to love, I had it all figured out…

Until I stumbled upon true love for the first time, that is.  I know now that in regard to love, I didn’t know a single thing to be true.  My self-preservation imploded with the introduction of you.     (I’m so glad)

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SYNC!