The Artists Journey

We must overcome the creative resistance we throw up for ourselves, and our forms of self-sabotage stop us from doing our work and realising our dreams.

Art is Good You You

Artists suffer less loneliness and depression than the general population.

It is not an overstatement, in my view, to declare that the artist has no idea what he’s doing. — Steven Pressfield

Getting Out Of Our Own Way

To get out of our own way we need to form creative habits and rituals, and use our inner genius. We need to stay true to what inspires us. As artists we don't really have a choice if we're following our muse.

Trust Our Own Hearts

We trust our own hearts and draw from the source in each of us. In a nutshell we all must move past self-sabotage and begin to live our authentic calling.

Focus On The Mundane

A great secret successful artists know is that the profound can be reached best by concentrating on the mundane. Want to be an artist? Make art in the studio.

Follow Your Muse

From Steven Pressfield: You are an artist too—whether you realise it or not, whether you like it or not—and you have an artist’s journey. Will you live it out? Will you follow your Muse and do the work you were born to do? Ready or not, you are called.

Habits and Rituals

To get out of our own way we need to form creative habits and rituals and use our inner genius. We need to stay true to what inspires us.

Discovering Yourself

Steven also points out that artists don't really have a choice if they're following their muse. The artist is not expressing himself. He is discovering himself.

Accept Not Knowing

Steven states "The artist is being driven from a far deeper and more primal source than the conscious intellect. It is not an overstatement, in my view, to declare that the artist has no idea what he’s doing."

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. — Pablo Picasso

Art Is Good For Mind & Body

Art Is Scientifically Proven To Be Good For The Mind & Body. Awe, Wonder and Beauty Promote Healing.

Art And The ‘Pleasure’ Response

An experiment conducted by Professor Semir Zeki, chair in neuroaesthetics, found when you look at beautiful paintings there is strong activity in that part of the brain related to pleasure. The participants underwent brain scans while being shown a series of 30 paintings by major artists and blood flow increased in a certain part of the brain by as much as 10%, which is the equivalent to gazing at a loved one. Paintings by John Constable, Ingres, and Guido Reni produced the most powerful ‘pleasure’ response.

Art Has Therapeutic Benefits

Awe, wonder and beauty promote healing. Losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy. A walk in nature. has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy. Shilagh Mirgain, PhD was quoted as saying, “Awe has many important implications for our well-being. Experiencing awe can give us a sense of hope and provide a feeling of fulfilment

Art Practice Reduces Anxiety And Depression

There is a great deal of scientific evidence now that shows that art can enhance brain function and improve well-being as well as relieve stress. Immersing oneself in the creative process is thought to greatly help people with depression and anxiety.

Art Helps People Deal with Trauma

The Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) established that artists suffer less loneliness and depression than the general population.

Artists Are Healthier

Art is good for the mind and body. Artists suffer less loneliness and depression than the general population.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. — Thomas Merton

Collected Advice on Being An Artist

  • Say It Out Loud, I Like Making Things

    There wasn’t some romantic gates of heaven moment. It just took unlocking the mind and really saying it out loud, “I like making things.” — Tyler Mitchell

  • Make Art Every Day

    Make art every day — Elizabeth Catlett

  • Do The Work

    Nothing happens without the work. — Jordan Casteel

  • Security And Identity

    My seventh-grade English teacher Mrs. Gonzales. She could see early on that my artwork was my security, my identity, so she provided me with safe a space to create in her classroom before and after school. — Deborah Roberts

  • Find A Way to Make The Work

    Make the work; find a way in your life, even though there may be obstacles, to prioritize art. Mickalene Thomas

  • Do It For The Love Of The Work

    You have to do this for the love of the work first. Beyond that, anything else is gravy. — Sanford Biggers

  • Give Yourself Permission

    I fought against being an artist for a long time because I thought that it was impractical and that it would lead to a life of poverty. But when my daughter was young I noticed that I kept on getting up earlier and earlier to work in my makeshift studio in my house. I realized it was a habit that wasn’t going away, and I needed to take it more seriously. I guess I gave myself permission. — Simone Leigh

  • Follow Your Own Voice

    Follow your own voice, be responsible for your failures and, if you haven’t found your voice, work until you do.” — Deborah Roberts

  • Originality

    Don’t try to be original. — Jon Rafman

  • Please Yourself

    When I discovered the only person you need to please is yourself. — Maurizio Cattelan

  • It's Your Life

    It’s not a job. It’s my life. Being an artist and being a person are the same thing to me. — Hank Willis Thomas

  • Don't Ever Stop

    Never stop. — Joyce J. Scott

  • An Hour A Day Over A Decade

    People think they need to go away for like a decade, but what they really need is like an hour a day over a decade. Treat the days like Lego bricks, and eventually build a castle. — Austin Kleon

Now Keep Going

Stay motivated and make art every day.

Stop Over Thinking

Stop thinking about it, stay motivated and make art every day.

Give Yourself Permission

Give yourself permission; specifically, the permission to create the way we did as kids.

Treat The Days Like Lego bricks

If we treat the days like Lego bricks, we can eventually build a castle.

Be The Exciting Activity

All we have to do is follow the next exciting bit of activity.