There are many reasons why fulfilling a career in the visual arts is the Mt. Olympus climb that it seems to be.
For one, we hold a tangle of ideas about the arts within our collective consciousness, within our art institutions (not-for-profit and for-profit) and within our individual perspective about what it means to be an artist.
What all of these ideas share about the arts, and the artist, is their point of origin where an idea either rises out of playing the blame game or out the desire to awaken awareness.
In the past, when I’ve opted for playing the blame game (even with it’s bittersweet hit of instant gratification), that choice inevitably leads me away from the sparkling, snow-capped summit of my dreams.
But when I remember to align my creative instincts with awakening awareness, that choice never fails to help me breathe more deeply and climb more easily even as I sometimes stumble and fall over the rocks in my path.
Strings?… What Strings?… I Don’t See Any Strings!
For a long time now, I’ve been haunted by a sense that invisible puppet strings direct the course of many artist careers as, step by step, artists work harder and harder to ascend closer to their creative peak.
What the puppet master, hidden behind those clouds hovering at the top, wants most of all is for each of us to ignore these strings, to pretend they do not have the influence they, in fact, have.
Or, as this anonymous quote reminds us, it is what we choose to NOT observe in our life that controls our life.
Principles, Resistance, and Wild Flowers
Principles: the values, beliefs, and basic assumptions we hold.
Principles are tricky because they develop over our life time and are mostly unconscious trigger points for how we respond, moment to moment, to what’s happening.
We seldom question, or even articulate, the principles by which we live because they have been interwoven into the fabric of self so completely and seamlessly.
Once in a while, when one of our principles smacks into someone else’s principle, we become aware – for a moment – that we are reading a situation very differently from someone else, or perhaps that we are aligned with someone else.
But this is rare. Principles like to keep their influence under wraps. They resist detection under the guise of protection that is really about deflection.
And, like anything we become aware of, principles can move out of the shadows and shine a light on the very things we want most to accomplish in our lives.
Once you identify, articulate, and embrace the principles you most want to support your art career, those puppet strings go slack, you observe your efforts without resistance and your choices without judgment, a spring returns to your step, and there are wild flowers nodding to you as the summit glows nearer.
My goodness, sounds good… but what principles (aka, more ideas) have this kind of impact?
Enter, ta da! A Manifesto For Visual Fine Artists
A manifesto has a single job description: to identify and clarify principles that help you see where the gap is between what you believe, and what you are living. And in this revelation, you have the opportunity to align more closely with what you most desire.
In my Manifesto For Visual Fine Artists, I wanted to identify and clarify principles to help you align your art career with Awakening Awareness so the climb leads you closer and closer to the visionary summit of the truth and power in your art.
And then I realized how Big this Idea really was, and that I couldn’t just write a manifesto and wander off into the horizon.
I realized I need all of us in the conversation, and what better place than the blog?
The New Sunday Series of Blog Posts…
… where next week, I’ll release my entire Manifesto For Visual Fine Artists [watch for it].
Then, together, we can tease it apart, you can add your comments, and we’ll co-develop an entire practice intentionally, bringing as much of our consciousness to bear as possible, on the most effective foundation for a successful career in the visual arts.
Because, the more successful you are, and the more intentional consciousness you bring to bear on your journey to that summit of success, the greater our chances of shifting the collective consciousness into connecting with the true value of the visual arts.
And everybody wins.
I Know… A BIG IDEA
Are you with me?
This is the work of all of us.
And it’s big work (some might say impossible work).
But, can you imagine a world in which our collective consciousness has shifted so the visual fine arts are fully valued, and take their rightful place in the 21st Century as one of the Four Pillars of Civilization that they are, and have always been?
(More on all the Pillars as we continue with this Sunday Series of Blog Posts)
Can you imagine the impact this would have on each person alive as they connected to the web of creative expression that visual artists, in particular, know how to weave?
Gives me goose bumps just to write that.
But for this week, let’s start from the only place we can: where we are.
And for this, I need you. I need the web lines of connection to aliveness that you bring every time you show up and add your voice to the conversation.
I want to hear … no, I need to hear about the principles you believe will take you closer and closer to the visionary summit of the truth and power in your art.
So, please… Tell me….
The Next Step
I have been coaching visual artists on their career path to Visionary Affluence since 2004.
That’s the ten-year minimum it takes to master any skill—not to say I’ve actually mastered anything. Just letting you know I have logged the 10,000 hours it takes to run fast enough, flap your wings hard enough, and leap high enough to discover whether or not you can fly.
And what I can tell you is how remarkable the view is from 10,000 hours above the creative landscape. I can spot enclaves of my artists as they sit ‘round mythical campfires at different levels of the Mt. Olympus climb to their dreams.
Leaning into the smell of a wood fire, these artists – intrepid visionaries every one – share their experiences with each other. A hawk cries out and circles overhead as the mountain range frames a bold streak of sunset sky deepening to blood red.
I invite you to join your fellow artists, and me, under the emerging stars of your own visions, where the expansive beauty of the horizon calls out, the fire is warm, and the truth of your heart is irresistible!
Your Truth – Your Power – Your Art
And I’ll keep you posted on the exciting new events, webinars, trainings, books, and successful artist interviews I’m mapping out as we climb this dream summit together.
And we’ll set up a time to talk about what you want most and what’s getting in your way.
If our interaction sparks, we can talk about what’s next; if not, I’ll share my most alive, moving-forward ideas for you.