Finding Your Purpose by reverse engineering your life

In the previous post I discussed the importance of having a purpose, but the real nitty gritty comes in attempting to ‘find’ that purpose. The trick I believe is that you don’t find your purpose at all, or if you do it is more of...

Does fake it til you make it work in the art world?

It is common belief these days that if you habitually do something for an extended period of time, it will eventually come naturally to you. I’m sure you used this process when first developing your skills as an artist. Maybe you painted every day or worked...

How to uncover your own personal purpose

Purpose is what gets you out of bed in the morning. What is yours? Responsibilities, commitments, obligations. We’ve all got them. You can’t avoid them. Emotional, financial and spiritual. As we aren’t living an ascetic life in a monastery they are always going to be a...

So you think you’re not creative?

We are all creators. We create all day, every day. Some people create for a living, some people dream of creating for a living. Most of us though create ourselves each day. We create ourselves in the clothes we wear, in the make-up we may paint on our...

The Wisdom Of The Streets

Street Wisdom is a non-profit programme run all over the UK, aiming to get us back in touch with the world around us. They describe their work as 'a technology that allows anyone, anywhere to get unusual inspiration from their everyday surroundings'. After attending the Mindful...

Why you shouldn’t just let your art do the talking

What’s more frightening to you; showing off your artwork or showing off yourself? Each option may feel equally as daunting. However, when we think about how the online art world has changed over the years it does seem a little easier to post your finished work...

Gratitude Is Actually The Best Way To Feel Good About Yourself

“When gratitude becomes your default setting, life changes’ - Nancy Leigh Demoss Now I know there is an overwhelming amount of information about gratitude out there these days – gratitude apps, books, blogs and journals are ironically abundant; I promise though that this article won’t just...

5 must-subscribe podcasts for artists

Picture the scene: You’re up late, working on commissions. If you put the TV on in the background you run the risk of getting distracted. If you play your favourite Spotify playlist you’ll be tempted to skip songs halfway through. What are you going to...

The Brush Is Mightier Than The Sword

It’s a cold and wet January Saturday evening in Manchester. On the outskirts of the city centre, halfway between the city’s main thoroughfare and the infamous home of Manchester United, crowds of people are steadily making their way towards an old, disused mill. Music pulses...

The Art Of Being Yourself

When we talk about art our natural tendency is to think of physical works created by an ‘artist’. In fact the dictionary definition of ART is, ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or...