Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,
… one tip at a time
Your smARTip for the week:
I know… completion…a bit of yawner.
But hang in here with me because I think you’re going to like this smARTip:
From Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
The **third principle of any artist’s ongoing success with putting their art in the world is their ability to get things done: to bring ideas, projects, pieces of artwork to completion.
Completion is the natural outcome of beginning something—of beginning anything.
And, even though we often think of timelines, and moving from point A to point B, it’s important to know that beginnings and endings are never linear. They exist on an ever-expanding infinity spiral, where the one feeds into the other.
But often, something stops us from completing things we’ve started.
Sometimes we can’t complete something because we haven’t even started it. It might be on our to-do list, or it might be just lingering as a nagging idea that isn’t going to let go.
Or perhaps you’re well along the way, and then you notice that you’ve been doing stuff, moving forward, but somehow you don’t feel any closer to that end result.
What I’ve discovered is there are three areas you can pay attention to that will help untangle why something isn’t being completed: clearing, identifying, and celebrating.
Your smARTist Move of the week
Clearing: when is the last time you cleared off a space only to have it fill right back up? (Mine was about 10 minutes ago!)
What doesn’t occur to us, as we’re cursing all the stuff piling up, is this universal truth: when you clear things away, you are leaving room for more to show up.
Make space and opportunities will show up. Have a gallery that’s driving you crazy? The longer it takes you to let go of the fear that’s keeping you there (‘Oh, my goodness; what if I can’t ever find another place to sell my art?’), the longer it’s going to take you for anything else to show up.
So this week, I challenge you to pick one place that has been driving you crazy and ask yourself: What is that wants to be cleared?
Clear it and watch what happens!
Do you have a “clearing” story to share with us? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below…
P.S. If this smARTip has pushed some buttons for you, you may want to check out my full presentation where I go into more detail on how identifying and celebrating helps you get unstuck and complete what’s most important to you.
- What the heck “success” means anyway
- When fear serves you or you serve fear
- How commitment works and when you should give yourself some slack
- How to harness the energy of completion without getting sidetracked
- How to use the power of 3 to make sure your art career is on the right success track
As a writer, art-career coach, and entrepreneur who grew up in a family of artists, Ariane learned that it is possible for your creative right brain, and your career-strategy left brain, to become smooth-as-silk dancing partners. She is also your best art-career ally, especially if you understand that presenting your work with confidence and credibility is as basic as good art supplies.