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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lost Your Creative Motivation? Let's find it!

Have you lost your Creative Motivation? Let's find it!
Here is another great article that I discovered from Renee Phillips, the art coach.
Signs That You’ve Lost Your Creative Motivation

It’s only natural to periodically experience a loss of energy, knowing there is something more rewarding in store for you, but it’s outside your grasp. Here are some signs that you’ve lost your creative motivation.

    Do you feel envy toward artists who express their creative passion and wish you were more like them?

    Do you have recurring thoughts of doing something exciting outside your comfort zone but fear stops you?

    Do you feel lethargic and uninspired when you’re in your studio?

    Are you complaining often and having negative thoughts about your art career?

    Do you find yourself discouraged and resentful about the art world in general?

    Are you spending more time trying to please others instead of doing things to please yourself?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you’re not alone. Losing your creative motivation can be a painful situation. However, it is only temporary. You may soon find yourself on the threshold of a new powerful direction. It could be just the catalyst you need for growth and transformation.

How To Restore Creative Energy, Motivation and Passion. Try these 15 ideas to ignite your potential for joyful self-expression

    1. Create a Vision Board and post pictures of items that get your heart pumping and your imagination soaring.
    2. Make a list of every single thing you love, are grateful for, and inspired by.
    3. Visualize yourself on the cover of a leading art magazine. What wonderful achievements does the headline say you’ve accomplished?
    4. Take a workshop in a new medium, for pure enjoyment, without any expectations.
   5. Go to a museum or gallery that you have never visited.
    6. Create some artwork using only your non-dominant hand.
    7. Surround yourself with people who exude enthusiasm for life.
    8. Do something that takes you outside your comfort zone.
    9. Commune with nature while in a state of mindlessness.
    10. Start a journal.
    11. Give yourself permission to please yourself and have your needs met.
    12.  Read about powerful creative people, past and present. 
13.   Binge on positive Youtube videos and documentaries for a week.
 14.  Collect inspirational quotations and read them daily.
    15.  Give yourself time and space during this process without self-judgment, force, or the need to fix yourself.
I hope this blog article has helped you. I have used several of these suggestions with varying degrees of success. All have been helpful.
 Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Resources for Artists - Opportunities

Resources for Artist Opportunities

I came across this wonderful article by Renee Phillips, Artist Coach. It's an article about Resources Opportunities for Artists. I thought it may be of benefit to many of you so I am sharing it on my blog.
There are many opportunities for artists to be found on the vast Internet such as calls for artists, grants, workshops, residencies, art exhibitions and other events. Here are three of the most popular and respected resources where artists can find opportunities and other valuable information. ART TIMES Journal, Professional Artist magazine, and Art Opportunities Monthly have been in existence since the 1980’s. Each one provides a different array of services. 
Art Times Journal

ART TIMES Journal, is a highly respected publication that was launched by Cornelia Seckel and Raymond Steiner, wife and husband, in 1984. Its motto is “The go to source for creatives and those who appreciate good writings”. This free online publication provides a quarterly commentary and resource for the fine and performing arts and includes: art editorials, art reviews, essays and critiques; short fiction and poetry; opportunities listings, essays on dance, theater, film, music and an extensive calendar of cultural events.
It also contains a listing directory of opportunities for artists. It’s free. You’ll find that page here. The ART TIMES facebook and twitter page keeps fans up to date with new events, essays, and videos. If you’d like to be on ART TIMES email list simply send them an email to

Professional Artist Magazine
I had a very lovely article about me and my artwork written by Renee Phillips appear in this magazine last year. It opened many opportunities for me. Professional Artist Magazine is known as “The Magazine For Professional Artists”. It was formerly known as “Art Calendar”,  founded in the 1980’s. It is dedicated to providing business tools and information for independent visual artists from all backgrounds. Published in magazine format four times a year, each issue presents practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as articles to encourage and motivate artists to succeed. It also provides a comprehensive list of calls to artists available both in the printed magazine (by subscription) and online (free). You can subscribe to its free email newsletter “The Buzz” by going here

Art Opportunities Monthly
A rt Opportunities Monthly (AOM), is a carefully screened and very comprehensive art opportunities list for traditional and contemporary artists. It has listings of opportunities for artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, printmaking, book art, computer art, collage, weaving, fiber, textiles, ceramics, papermaking, mixed media, photography, computer art, monoprint, pastel, performance art, drawing, enameling, wood carving, crafts, jewelry, installation art, new media, public art, gouache, watercolor painting and every other visual medium. It is used by artists working in any style and geographic location.

Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art.



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