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7 Steps to Creating Art

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This evening, I went to another Canon workshop. This photography workshop was getting the inspiration you need by pushing yourself out of a creative rut. I was interested in check this workshop out because I am always stuck in some kind of rut, whether writer’s block, artist’s block, or daily life block. Photographer Cathy Anderson from North Carolina detailed a 7-step guideline to overcome obstacles and challenges while working on your art. Her friends, Damon and Sarah Hill joined her in the workshop because Damon was one of her models in her sports photography. In her photographs, Damon was doing acrobatic moves and poses on a zipline, which looked like he was walking on a circus wire but in the mountains. There were also photographs of mountain climbers and other daredevils with parachutes. She displayed some of her Sportraits photographs, which are portraits of athletes. She uses in-camera and multiple lights to create drama.

Artwork should have emotional power. Hence, when you create art, bring out emotions in the scenes, portraits, or idea.

Step 1: Acknowledge your fears. It is OK to have fears. Embrace your fears. Then, start identifying your weaknesses and work with them, not against them.

Step 2: Identify your biggest fears? Make these fears work for you.

Step 3: Take a leap of faith, be authentic, and just go for it. Reach out to strangers and take to them. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Step 4: Surround yourself with a supportive, loving, and like-minded community.

Step 5: Always keep growing, learning, and striving to be your best. Always search for your next adventure.

Step 6: And, just believe in yourself. Go for it and just do it. Don’t follow the status quo. Be an individual. Only you can define yourself as an artist and what kind of artist. Know who you really are and don’t let others dictate who you should be. Give your clients your best work as well as collaborate with clients to create art that documents their story. Remain humble and thankful because they chose you because of your artistic heirloom you created for them.

Step 7: Your path is a journey without an ending. Never be comfortable with the current situation. Always take risks to live your life outside your comfort zone, which will lead you to the right place. Connect with others on Social Media as well as outdoor meetup groups. Know what you want, how to do it, and pursue your dream.

DEFINE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE AND LIVE IT.

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Written by Fifi Leigh

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