10 things that being an artist taught me last year

emily_jeffords-web-cip_0125 2014Last year around this time I wrote a list of 10 things that being an artist taught me in 2013, and many of those things ring so true today too. Things like, “Your fingers can create more than you think they can” and “A creative community is incredibly beautiful and worth cultivating…”

This year, I feel like I’m building on these things and adding a few more to the list as well.
Such as:

  • Ask for the things you would like. Dreams require a little boldness and a lot of follow through.
  • Practice the habits that help your creativity.
  • When you feel trapped by the expectations that are put on your work (by yourself or others) change it up – pronto.
  • Rest. Creativity has a hard time working in a tired mind.
  • The first thing you have to do is pick up the brush. Then, make as many mistakes as you wish. Every stroke is just practice.
  • Fight for those moments of quiet concentration
  • While 9 out of 10 days will be totally un-glamorous, and some tasks are dreadful altogether, every moment is worthwhile and wonderful because you’re working for your passion.
  • Passion = something you are willing to suffer for.
  • Finding beauty is a habit; a mentality of curiosity and joy.
  • Sharing beauty and a refreshed perspective with others is endlessly fulfilling.

It was a full and challenging year full of countless beautiful moments and so, so many paintings!!!   I cannot WAIT to see what this year holds in store for us!

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Emily Jeffords

Most days you can find me, in the studio with my little girls, speckled in oil paint (drinking too much coffee), creating artwork for collectors around the world and collaborating with select brands. Check out my artwork on EmilyJeffords.com

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