If You’re In A Rut, Start Drawing

Market Man - Sketchbook Drawing, pencil, 2013

Market Man – Sketchbook Drawing, Craig Shillam, pencil, 2013

 

Drawing can be the cure when the chaos of life comes knocking at your door. You know what I’m talking about. Those times when life happens to you while you’re busy making your own to do list. Good intentions can morph into lost causes if you’re not paying attention. I don’t know about you, but getting back to drawing for just my own personal pleasure and/or practice is good mojo for me…

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9 Ways To Make Yourself More Interesting

9 Ways to Make Yourself More Interesting. CashArtBlog

9 Ways to Make Yourself More Interesting. CashArtBlog

 

 

Is being interesting natural or a skill that can be improved upon? Are you interesting to other people?  Do you find yourself being left out in the cold when it comes to conversations and general social situations? Would you like to have you and your art to get noticed and be a little more interesting to others while still being yourself?  If you want you, your work or your business to be noticed, if nothing else, be interesting

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Personal Success – Six Steps to Get What You Want

What Do You Want?  CashArtBlog

Personal Success – What Do You Want? CashArtBlog

 

Whether it’s success in art, business, relationships, athletics or horse shoes, one of the most basic things you need to do is decide what you want. What do you want? Ask yourself that one question over and over again until you get an honest answer. For some people it will be easy. Others are going to struggle because they are either not sure what they want, or they want the moon  served to them on a silver platter in about thirty seconds…

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Product Review – How to Paint Realistic Oil Paintings Step-by-Step

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“Formal Orchids” by Delmus Phelps

Have you ever wanted to paint realistic paintings, but weren’t sure if you could, or even how to go about it? If you are a beginning or intermediate oil painter and you want to learn how to paint realistic paintings that jump off the wall, this just might be what you need to take that next step. I wasn’t looking for anything to buy, but I always want to learn. I stumbled upon what looked like really solid painting  e-book/DVD product on the web. It looked good, had a money back guarantee and I thought it was a bargain, so I got out my credit card…Why wait? Let me tell you more…

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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The One Thing You Need Besides Artistic Talent Is…

"Talent and Work Ethic" CashArtBlog

Talent and Work Ethic” CashArtBlog

The world is full of people with talent. Talent in all walks of life. Artists, writers, musicians, singers, designers, etc. If you have many years under your belt at all, you’ve heard the “he’s so talented” or “she can draw anything” descriptions countless times about many different people. I am sure you have known many people who have a lot of talent in one area or another, but were missing a key ingredient that could have helped them develop that talent into something special. That missing ingredient is usually a good old-fashioned work ethic…

 

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10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 2)

Art Books that can teach, inspire and motivate are worth every dollar you have to lay down to own them in my opinion. In part one of this article, five art books from my collection were offered up as worthy examples. I list these books not because they have been blessed by some art establishment “ism” or anything like that. The books listed on this list are art books I own and refer to over and over again. Below are five more art books (in no particular order) that rise up out of my collection and just keep on giving back to me in one way or another…

 

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Making Memories Instead of Buying More Stuff

 

 

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Making Memories – CashArtBlog

 

When you’re younger making memories is probably not on the top of your to do list. However as you season a bit and have new experiences you might find yourself thinking a bit differently. When you realize that 90 percent of what you buy in a store is junk but  filling up your senses and making memories can be priceless, your perspective starts to change…

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Artistic Success – Get Some Help

Success is different for everybody, and as an artist you probably do most things yourself either by choice or by necessity. One thing about success that you can count on is the fact that you are going to need  help at some point, or maybe at every step. This whole idea that an artist can paint away in their studio day after day and then magically get “discovered” and never have to do anything but simply paint is just folly. Put in the work and get some help. Embrace help and make the most of that help…

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Whats Luck Got to do With It?

“Whats Luck Got to do With It?” CashArtBlog

What does luck have to do with anything? Some people say a lot, while others don’t believe in luck at all. If everything is going great is that good luck or is it something else? When nothing is going right is that bad luck or just failure? Are some people just luckier than others, or is everybody lucky at different times? Below are some thoughts and quotes about this little four letter word…

 

 

Luck in Thirteen Quotes

 

I actually believe that I am lucky. Luckier at some things more than others. Do You believe you have a little bit of luck goin’ your way? Even though I think I am lucky at times, I sure wouldn’t want to rely on luck as a foundation to accomplishing anything worthwhile.

  1. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”     Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”      Benjamin Franklin
  3. “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the luckier I get.”                    Thomas Jefferson
  4. “Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.”       Larry King
  5. “Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.”    Unknown
  6. “Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.”     Don Sutton
  7. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”                     Dalai Lama  XIV
  8. “Luck is tenacity of purpose.”  Elbert Hubbard
  9. “Luck never made a man wise.”  Seneca  (Roman Philosopher)
  10. “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”   Brian Tracy
  11. “I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision,”     Howard Schultz
  12. “People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.”   Frank Sinatra
  13. “Luck is believing your lucky.”       Tennessee Williams

 

Luck, Fortune or Fate

 

Call it what you want. Believe  in what you want. Whether it is good fortune, fate, or just plain luck, there is probably a lot of hard work and self-belief right along with it. I can’t explain why bad things happen to some people and good things happen to others. It just does.

Two artists go into the same gallery on the same day, one gets accepted, and the other gets a no thank you. All things being equal, is that luck? You buy a stock on Tuesday, the stock market tanks on Thursday. Is it bad luck, bad research, or just the chance you take?

Moving forward it’s probably better to work towards making your own luck than to wait for your lucky ship to come in. Work hard and smart, try making your creative mind work for you  and use the 80/20 Rule to your advantage, and believe in yourself.

One more quote about luck.You really didn’t want me to stop at 13 did you?

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.”     Bruce Springsteen

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