Small pleasures

Six candles are burning three meters away. It feels like a camp fire and I enjoy the movement of these little light dots. Thats why i have to get back to it.

I hope you find something small today or tomorrow that gives you the pleasure of something big.

My Room

I am planning a room which will be an extension of my paintings. I try to fuel my creative process by creating a space that sets me in the right mood.

If you enter the room it should be obvious that my paintings are created in this room.

Prepare for the next session

Plan for the next session when you end the current one.

Clean brushes and palette.

Set up reference for the next painting.

Put your canvas on the easel.

Prepare your workspace so well that you just habe to switch the light on and pick up your brush.

This habit will save so much energy and time. And we haven’t got enough of them.

Time horizon

When you tink about something (for example a problem, plan orrelationship) you should also consider the following:

In what period of time is this problem relevant to my life? Does it hardly affect my life (so only very briefly) or is it a serious change that shapes my life for a long time?

Ideally , we mostly deal with the important topics and do not spend much time on the irrelevant.

How important is the movie I watch today compared to a skill I could improve that helps me all my life?

Planning a series

When I think about new series, one question is in the foreground: Does the theme offer enough variations for a series that lasts years?

Even if I do not follow a series for years, I still want to achieve a certain consistency. It is frustrating to start and stop again and again without really getting into the subject. Most topics only become exciting when there is a foundation on which you can build on and on. So, bit by bit, a tower emerges, the view is getting better and we realize what else is left to explore.

Gelernt ist gelernt

In Germany we say “gelernt ist gelernt” (“learned is learned”) when someone is very good at something.

We can sometimes do something and it is good enough. Or we cheat, find a short cut or mimic a skill, but all this is short term thinking and behaviour.

Owning a skill is something valuable. Something people need at the right time. Something people will pay for.

If you can repeat a result with high quality then you have a skill.

Andreas Claussen VOL. I

I followed my own advice (here and here) and put together a book with the works from last year. Today it is finished and goes to press.

I am very much looking forward to the result. But at the same time I have the feeling that I have unintentionally finished with the pictures and the running series in the book. Maybe it’s time for something new.

Fear in the process

Look at your process.

How do you create?

What do you at first?

And after that?

And what do you do in the end?

 

Know think about how you felt in each step. Do you avoid things? Do you search for shortcuts?  Why is that? Are you afraid?

Search for fear (and it other faces) in your process and you will find opportunities to grow.

Portfolio 2

If you’ve tried yesterday’s task, you could go a step further and ask your friends, colleagues, family, or strangers (even people who are not interested in art) to question you / your portfolio. Allow them to ask you everything about it

You’ll be surprised what questions arise and how your portfolio / work is understood and seen.

Take the information you get our of these dialogs and analyse your portfolio again. Would you still put the same works together? Why not?