play and focus as a business of art model

A Creative Life, art techniques, artistic inspirations, business of art, Sustainable creativity

I got some new-to-me kinds of watercolors. Chinese watercolors to go along with my Sumi ink. So I had to play with them.  Here’s my test case below.

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Feels good to just play around with my art supplies – kind of like eating mac-n-cheese right out of the pan while wearing pajamas and watching a movie.

After I was finished it turns out that I like the yellow spoon drawing best because after attempting the green and the blue spoon drawings I learned that applying the sumi ink last makes for the boldest lines.

Yep. I highly recommend playing around with ones art supplies as a way to refresh and  sustain creativity.  I’ve not seen this important sustainable creativity business method discussed much in the business-of-art books. It oughta be…

My business-of-art model goes like this:

  1. Play around with my materials often. Both new materials and old ones. Experiment.  Make a mess.
  2. Focus on what I’m doing instead of how well I’m doing it. Focus on the fun.

Another way of describing my business-of-art model goes like this:

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page from “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit” https://store.bookbaby.com/book/dr-bobs-emotional-repair-program-first-aid-kit

Like happiness good artwork often happens while we’re doing something else.

free emotional first aid kits

ebook, published art, sketchbook

April 13, 14 and 15th I’m giving away free copies of my graphic novel ebook titled “Dr Bob’s Emotional Repair Program – First Aid Kit” as part of the Amazon KDP Select Kindle blah blah blah promo. Details about my book are here: http://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Emotional-Repair-Program-First-ebook/dp/B00AQKZ8U6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428536041&sr=8-1&keywords=Dr+Bob%27s+Emotional+Repair+Program+First+Aid+Kit  but what isn’t mentioned exactly is that I took notes, did drawings in my sketchbook while Dr. Bob Hoke (a psychiatrist by profession and a storyteller by nature) talked during our many lunch meetings over the years. The “First Aid Kit” was complied from those notes and sketches. If you’re following my blog (at www.sueclancy.com) you know I’ve been posting stuff from my sketchbooks… Anyway, please enjoy the free ebook that is a collection of some of my sketchbook data!  And yes, I do see the irony of giving away a book with a subtitle “Warning: keep this book to yourself”.