How to Make Great Art

Insights from Lilla Rogers…

  1. Put your art first. Not all the time, but a lot of the time.
  1. Stay physically fit, eat well, and get exercise. You need a lot of energy for your brilliant career.
  1. Always evolve your talent, either by taking classes or attending art retreats or conferences.
  1. There is no substitute for the hard work of sitting down and making art.
  1. Stay open. It is an opportunity to learn from others in the universe.
  1. Manage your emotions either through journaling, friends, therapy or meditation. Good mental health is top priority.  You need stability for the ups and downs of a creative career.
  1. Figure out how to stay inspired. How do you maintain excitement about your artwork?
  1. Make lots of art. And do it when you have your best energy, now when you are fatigued.  Figure out when you are the most rested and energized.
  1. Create your own pleasant ritual for getting started in your studio work space. Make a cup of tea, turn on your favorite music, go for a walk first, etc.
  1. Find a way to get emotional support, either by joining a group or starting on of your own—maybe with a friend who loved to do creative things with you.


  1. Visualize your success. Us positive affirmations for what you want to achieve and realize.  Create a one or two sentence mission statement.  Create your own motto if you wish.
  1. Learn to listen to your instincts. Do not dumb down your style and taste.  Do not create for who you perceive will buy your work.  Create what you yourself would buy/love.


SOURCE:  I Just Like to Make Things:  learn the secrets of making money while staying passionate about your art and craft by Lilla Rogers, ©2013, Quarry Books


Interesting Post from Jerry’s Artarama

“Popular science recently found out that your brain might be wired to enjoy art. However, we on the inside of the artist community know that there are so many more rewards to art and being an artist. We know the true values and benefits of creating something we love and being able to express ourselves visually.”

Here are 25 reasons why being an artist is the best:

  1. You are always able to express your creativity
  2. Doing work that you actually believe in
  3. Being your own boss and not have to answer to anyone else in what you create
  4. Being able to put pencil or brush on paper anytime you want
  5. Feeding your creativity
  6. Seeing that what you have done has made someone happy
  7. Giving other people a new perspective
  8. Living the life that you want to live
  9. Creating art for yourself and no one else
  10. Deciding that it is time for something beautiful and surprising is about to come to life
  11. You get to see how you progress as an artist
  12. Living in a world where everything is an idea or possibility for new art
  13. Endlessly being able to learn and grow
  14. You have the potential to be famous for something you make
  15. Getting to play around all day in your studio
  16. Having people tell you how much they like your work
  17. Experiencing the flow of creativity
  18. The chance to expand your imagination
  19. Being able to move people intellectually or emotionally through something you’ve made
  20. Making money from something you have made
  21. The pride and sense of accomplishment after you’ve finished a great painting, sketch, sculpture or installation 
  22. You get to share your art with the world
  23. Working with beauty anytime you want
  24. Seeing your art touch someone’s soul
  25. Being surrounded by a community of other artists who get to share in the experience of all the great things listed above          Accessed June 29, 2014

Feedback from Sprout

I was sad to take down my art show on Wednesday but here are additional comments from the guest book;

I have a love of Zentangle also

I like all of your art work

I’m blown away by this work!  The color, the combinations of materials and mingling of all your skills/gifts.  It’s impossible not be inspired to create something after seeing this.  I’m lost for words!

Love the colors!

I feel the LIFE in your work!

Your work oozes with life & joy.  Love it!

Great fun!


Fantastic and wonderfully creative.

I brought my 4 year old daughter with me and she said these wall hangings must have been made by fairies!CatchIt