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You can learn a lot from watching how other artists work, especially if they’re working in another medium. Figuring out how you work in similar ways to produce your own authentic works is an exercise in creativity itself. And creativity is like a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it grows.

You’re sure to be inspired by these 6 masters.

Anni Albers

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Helen Frankenthaler

Hannah Hoch

Donald Judd

Jacob Lawrence

 

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They Did It This Way

Did you know?

Ludwig Van Beethoven religiously took walks in nature to find new musical ideas.

Georgia O’Keefe cultivated her garden for improved health. Upon hearing that John Marin had completed three canvases in one day the first thing she asked him was what he ate that day.

Agnes Martin’s rigorous meditation practice helped her manage her schizophrenia and find inspiration for her paintings

Ernest Hemingway stopped writing before he didn’t know what to say next so that he knew where to pick up in the morning.

Thomas Edison slept upright with a metal ball in his hand to wake him up so that he could record the ideas he found during light sleep before he lost them in deep sleep.

You Do It Your Way

No two artists do it quite the same way. Your art is your own. So are the daily rituals that propel your life. Like you, they change over time. The time you spend reviewing your habits, casting aside old unproductive ones and cultivating new productive ones will ensure greater fulfillment and success and quite possibly new breakthroughs.

Habits … they’re the keys to achieving your life goals. Habits are powerful because small things build up to something much bigger over time. Are your habits serving you? If you haven’t reconsidered your habits recently, it’s time. I know it is for me. We don’t have to do this all at once. We just have to get started. And make it a habit to consider our habits.

In this set of resources, you’ll find all kinds of great food for thought including what worked for famous artists like Leonardo, Beethoven, Hemingway, O”Keeffe and many many more.

A Toolkit To Help You Improve Your Habits

Don’t think of these resources as a to-do list. You can’t do it all! What’s most important is making time and space for the things in your life that are the most important to you.

Think these resources as toolkits to help you craft the life you want to live!

 

Schedule

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Exercise

Why Exercise Makes You More Creative

Why Walking Helps Us Think

Can A Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking?

Beethoven’s Daily Habit For Inspiring Creative Breakthroughs

Diet

Need A Creative Boost? Take A Look At Your Diet

From Picasso’s Rice Pudding to O’Keeffe’s Green Juice, the Favorite Snacks of Famous Artists 

Sleep

Taking a Nap Could Make You More Creative

Scientists Agree – Coffee Naps Are Better Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

Can Sleep Make You More Creative ?

How Famous Artists Dealt With Insomnia

Stress

Artists Share Their Rituals For Dealing With Stress

Meditation

Why Meditating Might Make You A Better Artist

How Disconnection Boosts Your Creativity

Want to Be More Creative At Work? Stop Working !

Artists

Legendary Cellist Pablo Casals, at Age 93, On Creative Vitality And How Working with Love Prolongs Your Life

The Daily Routines Of 12 Famous Writers 

The Daily Routines Of Great Writers

The Morning Routines of Famous Artists, From Andy Warhol To Louise Bourgeois

The Daily Routines Of 10 Women Artists, From Joan Mitchell To Diane Arbus

7 Famous Artists Who Made Great Work Late At Night

Quotes

41 Great Quotes About Habit

 

That’s a lot! Don’t eat it all at once! Savor it over time!

Start here.

Can Sleep Make You More Creative ?

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on habits.

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“We become what we repeatedly do.” ― Sean Covey

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Gandhi

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
― Samuel Smiles

“Habit is stronger than reason.” – George Santayana

“The only way we could remember would be by constant re-reading, for knowledge unused tends to drop out of mind. Knowledge used does not need to be remembered; practice forms habits and habits make memory unnecessary. The rule is nothing; the application is everything.” ― Henry Hazlitt

“Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.” – Blaise Pascal

“We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.” – Albert Camus

“Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The real key is to live in an environment where the mind feels free to choose the right thing instead of being compelled by habit and inertia to choose the wrong thing.” – Deepak Chopra

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” ― Warren Buffett

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Your little choices become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.” ― Elizabeth George

“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ― Samuel Johnson

“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” – Horace Mann

“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” ― John Irving

“Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).” – Stephen R. Covey

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Habits change into character.” – Ovid

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” – Benjamin Franklin

“All people are the same; only their habits differ.” – Confucius

“Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact… It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You’re not born this way, you get this way.” – Seth Godin

“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray

“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.” – Steven Pressfield

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” – Twyla Tharp

“The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.” – Henry Moore

“If your habits don’t line up with your dream, then you need to either change your habits or change your dream.” – John Maxwell

“The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit.” ―Bryant McGill

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ―John C. Maxwell

“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.” – Jean Cocteau

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” ― Mark Twain

“Without struggle, no progress and no result. Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.” – George Gurdjieff

“Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” ― Erasmus

“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain

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“Drop by drop is the water pot filled.” – Buddha

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You can learn a lot from watching how other artists work, especially if they’re working in another medium. Figuring out how you work in similar ways to produce your own authentic works is an exercise in creativity itself. And creativity is like a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it grows.

You’re sure to be inspired by these 8 masters.

Henri Matisse

Mark Rothko

Francis Bacon

Edvard Munch

Willem de Kooning

Keith Haring

Joan Mitchell

Agnes Martin

 

Plus enjoy 33 Ways To Be More Creative.

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