George the Printmaker

Coffee Cup Wisdom

Over the weekend just gone, my husband and I had a fantastic weekend away with close friends at beautiful Curl Curl Breach on Sydney’s northerns beaches. Across the road from our friend Di’s parents house is a carpark adjacent to the beach. Parked up each day was a food van selling crepes. We bought several coffees from them and on the lid of each takeaway cup was an inspiring quote. The guys who own the van have a team of people constantly writing new ones. The one I got was “Forget the past, remember the lesson” I suppose the sayings are applicable to everyone, a bit like the quotes in Chinese crackers, but I realise that is exactly the point! Either way, it spoke to me.

I don’t know about you, but with so many things that I need to do for my art business I often worry about getting everything perfect which slows down the process. Getting past this can be difficult, but here are my tips to help you get started:

  1. Start small – Start by exploring the basics of your craft and gradually build up your skills.
  2. Practice – The more you practice, the better you will become.
  3. Take risks – Push yourself to explore new ideas and take risks to push your creative boundaries.
  4. Solve problems – Use your creativity to develop creative solutions to challenging problems.
  5. Stay organized – Break down complex tasks into manageable pieces and stay focused on the bigger picture.
  6. Be open to feedback – Be open to feedback and consider different points of view in order to push your creative boundaries.
  7. Stay motivated – Stay focused on the present and take the necessary steps to move forward with your creative endeavors.

It can be challenging to incorporate everything simultaneously into your creative practice, for today, just pick one thing.

I’ll try and practice what I preach and forget the past, remember the lesson and get going with making things happen!

Ciao for now, GG

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