The Creative Palette of Light and Darkness.

The collective use of light and darkness within an artist’s palette adds depth and clarity to an artist’s vision through the use of color or sound, but can also be demonstrated in the spectrum of ideas. Renowned art legend Jean-Michel Basquiat regularly used language within his palette—crossing out words to further define and enhance his work, as seen in such paintings such as Hollywood Africans—and Charles The First and Horn Players—the latter were both created in tribute to saxophone great, Charlie Parker. Basquiat explained the purpose of his technique: “I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.” In the same way, the palette

Praise: The Gateway to Creative Confidence and Power.

It is only natural for an artist to desire praise of their work, as approval or confirmation of its worth--given that each work derives from an artist’s identity and experience. With every offering of praise, there is an inherent agreement of significance towards that individual experience, but over time, the need for praise can become manipulative when a dependency grows upon it. An expectation of approval, or lack of it, can deform creative instinct, stripping away the autonomy that once fueled it. And so the question arises: While working towards the actualization of business and creative goals as an artist, how do you maintain the purity of purpose and strength within the desire to creat

The Journey Towards Your Creative Destination.

Art in and of itself is a form of communication--an extrapolation of the thought-life of an artist that metabolizes into different forms of energy. It can live kinetically in liquid form as music or film—or as a solid compound through art forms such as photography, literature or the fine arts. Whether birthed through inspiration or facilitated by means of commercial commission, art in all its forms carries the core goal of influence. As an artist seeks to rise and evolve beyond levels of plateau over the course of their development, a question will arise in the review of their existing body of work: Where is my expression of art taking me, and where is it leading those who consume it? The de

The Investment Portfolio of Creativity.

There is a tipping point of belief that every artist and creative encounters along the route towards realizing their career aspirations. Some careers may start off quickly, with a high level of synchronicity. Others take longer to realize—and in those instances, when there are no palpable gains or returns, the notion of giving up can almost read as the responsible thing to do, particularly after encountering the inevitable challenges and setbacks that come with life. No-one ever expects to have to wait and endure multiple seasons before experiencing a breakthrough, by virtue of their talent. When that wait becomes a part of your story, you eventually face a choice bound by dual messaging: To

The Role of Tenacity In Creative Evolution.

Tenacity is an essential quality for artists, and is often contextually oversimplified and solely attributed to the experience of overcoming hardship for personal gain through tangible victories--however, it is a complex quality that necessitates and cultivates an active engagement with an artist’s craft and a self-awareness that is critical in navigating the highs and lows of a creative career. Tenacity is an artist’s ability to maintain a firm grasp of individual creativity and creative vision through seasons of change—resulting in continued artistic growth and enlightenment. Although tenacity is traditionally considered necessary in the face of hardship and defeat, it is equally as import

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