How can something as simple as a floating jellyfish improve your life as an artistic person? Well, after spending quality time in my super-secretive mad scientist photo lab I came upon the idea of FLOAT and how we as artists use this in creating our work.
Function as an artist. Artists are creators. We delve deep into our souls and transfer that ethereal realm of thought to canvas, clay or even photograph. While every artist is different in our methods, our philosophies, and yes even our madness, we all create. Painters dabble in paints; sculptors in clay and photographers use a perspective as seen through the lens of a camera as our tools to place our feelings of wonderment and awe of the universe in tangible visible form. To be a successful artist you must create! Function like an artist makes good art.
Locate places with similar people like yourself. Artists are people too. That sounds like a bad bumper sticker doesn’t it? But the truth is that there are other artists who have the same kind of personality you do. Find them. A quick search on Google will yield all kinds of fellow artists to communicate with. It might be in a downtown nightclub, maybe at certain art fairs, or, as I hope, even this blog. Discover each other and make an effort to make friends among them. You can share ideas, philosophies and even business advice, whatever you want. Locating other artists is a must for a FLOATing artist.
Observe what they do. This is perhaps the most difficult part of being a FLOATer. Once you have met other artists; watch them. No, I don’t mean become a weird stalker or anything illegal. Just pay attention to the work and attitudes your fellow artists keep up. After a time, it will become clear who the leaders in your art community are, and who are the followers. Observing these successful leaders allow you to learn through their experience also. Don’t exist in a bubble. Observe!
Assess what artistic techniques work and those that do not for what you want to do. Concentrate on the techniques that work. One key element overlooked in the proper assessment of the effectiveness of a technique is its relationship to your own personal goals. If you want to become a successful wildlife photographer but find yourself constantly chatting it up with wedding photographers, you will learn new techniques, but your growth as a wildlife photographer will not advance very quickly. Assess what works!
Try new things. To grow as an artist you must try new things. This is the hardest part of the FLOAT system. Why? Failure. People hate to fail. What is the number one reason for failure? People hate trying new things and making a mistake in their technique. The trick to successfully trying new things is by understanding that failure in technique will happen. Failures are an opportunity to learn and refine the proper technique for next time. Never take yourself so seriously that you can’t laugh at yourself. Try new things and have fun doing it! Your confidence will grow and so will your art. Try it!
So FLOAT your way to success as a creative artist. Most of all have fun doing it!
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