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Monday, January 26, 2015

Tips on How to be More Creative

Get your crayons out and play.
Along with art, creativity is another one of my passions. Connecting with my own inner well of creativity and helping others do the same gets me really excited. See some exciting how to's, offers of FREE ways to learn more about connecting with your creativity, and a NEW Online 5-Week Workshop to help you be more creative.

Connecting to my own creativity has had a major impact upon my life. In fact, if I had not connected to my inner source, I would never be making art. It was because I practiced my creativity, years ago, in any means available to me in the moment, that the painting urge bubbled up from within me. It was so strong, I had to answer its call.

What are the inner urgings bubbling up from within you? Do you practice your creativity on a regular basis? Are you aware that creativity exists within you?

Tips on How to Be More Creative

Below are a few tips on how to be more creative. Also, consider signing up and taking advantage of my Free Teleseminar recording or the Free Video Series. Learn more about those below.
  1. Do things differently just for the sake of rewiring your brain neurons. New neurons = new ways of seeing the world = having new results in your life.
    • Take a different route to the grocery store, work, or any other place you go on a regular basis. 
    • Add a new spice to your recipe. 
    • Try a new recipe. 
    • Make up your own recipe.
    • Mix up that stodgy wardrobe. Wear a different top than your old standby with your selected pants or skirt.
    • Make up your own, "let's do it differently this time" way to do something. 
  2. Reconnect to your childhood and do things you loved to do as a kid. This rekindles your relationship with your inner child who knows how to be creative and have more fun.
  3. Relax more. This helps your brain have more room to deliver creative ideas to you.

Helpful links:

  • FREE Teleseminar where you can learn about numerology, creativity, and intention.
  • FREE Video Series where you can learn about numerology, creativity, and intention.
  • REGISTER for the 5-Week Workshop: Ignite and Discover 2015 and go straight for the full bounty of learning how to be more creative and access the innate abundance that is yours in 2015. 
  • The Life and Death of a Neuron
“Co-creation is best understood when we realize that the unfolding dynamics of our lives happen according to the needs of our spirit, and not the wants of our personality.” ―  Caroline Myss

Register for the 5-Week Workshop: Ignite & Discover 2015
An Exciting Opportunity for You!

I am diligently creating an online program to help you discover the bubbling forces from within you. For this first 5-Week Online Workshop, Ignite and Discover 2015, I have invited special guest, Greer Jonas of Numerology 4 Your Soul to help us understand the numerology of 2015 in the context of our personal lives. The numerology of 2015 adds up to an "8", which is all about abundance. This workshop combines creativity, intention, and numerology to help you access the inner well of knowingness that can help you create abundance on every level of your life in 2015. Would you like to access the abundance that is yours in 2015?

Sign up for the FREE Teleseminar recording.
Greer and I recently hosted a teleseminar introducing you to both our processes. Our FREE teleseminar is not a lecture, it is an experience and a teaching. Get out your crayons and your journal and get ready to learn something about yourself. You can get Instant Access to the recording in either video or audio format once you sign up here to receive it.
Sign up the FREE Video Series.
Prior to that, I created a 3-Part Video Series which introduces you to our processes in a different format.

Registration is now open for our 5-Week Ignite and Discover 2015. It closes on Jan. 31.  Early Action-Takers price is available until Jan. 28, 8 pm MST.

Until Next Week

Sir Kitty
Brianna Rush (Mary Rush Gravelle)
• Create art
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About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Making Art for What Reasons

Lotus Fire Painting used for an ad.
I brought a very cropped image into Photoshop and
created the flame on the match head. And then I drew the
text with the pencil tool.
I began my current painting because I wanted to create a book cover for my upcoming book on my creative process called Igniting Your Intentions. There is a reason and an end purpose for creating this painting. It's not for high or fine art, per se. I guess it's more for reasons of design. The process is creative, therefore, I wanted a more hand rendered image for the cover of my book. The image might also become a logo for the workshop. Is this art? Am I making art for commercial reasons or am I making art because I love to paint? And, if the end result is for commercial reasons, then, can I call it a fine art painting?

Ha! I ran across this quote and found it very amusing! Does this answer my question?

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

In the end, I don't really care what the reason is for making my art. I love to paint, period. Do artists need a reason to make art? Does the reason matter? Are certain reasons higher than others? What do you think?

Lotus Fire
Painting Process 2


Lotus Fire Painting process 1

Until Next Week

Sir Kitty
Brianna Rush (Mary Rush Gravelle)
• Create art
• Appreciate art
• Buy art

About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Most Beautiful Word in an Artist's Life: SOLD

Summer's Song, 36 x 60 x 1.5 inches
Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright Mary Rush Gravelle.
Soon to be in private collection
in Oregon.
Prints available.
SOLD, as an artist, is one of the most beautiful words. I sold a painting yesterday. It gave me hope that 2015 has started out in a most auspicious and positive direction. What does the word, sold, conjure up for you?

The acrylic landscape painting that sold was Summer's Song, a scene from Silver City, New Mexico. It measures 36 x 60 x 1.5 inches with the painting continuing around the edges. The nature scene is one from a familiar and beloved hiking trail where the beauty of nature abounds with big southwestern sky, mountains, and desert flora.

The sale was a complete happy surprise, which seemed to arise from nowhere. I spend a lot of time learning marketing techniques, but I wonder if any of that knowledge actually made the sale for me. The couple that made the purchase are from out of state and I have never met them, let alone know them in any way, online or offline. They found the painting online and just had to have it as their holiday gift to themselves. They are super excited to hang it on a special wall they have reserved for a few special pieces. Needless to say, that makes me very happy!

Now, I have to hop in my car for a road trip to go pick up the painting six hours from where I now live. It's in storage where I used to live. It gives me a good excuse to visit some old friends of the human variety and rediscover my old painting friends that are hanging out in the storage unit.

Artists: How do you market your art? Do you find the word, sold, as lovely as I do?

Art Collectors: How do you find art that you just have to buy?

Until Next Week

Sir Kitty
Brianna Rush (Mary Rush Gravelle)
• Create art
• Appreciate art
• Buy art

About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.