Three Rules of success What is that all about?

Although I am showing you all these creative exercises on my pages, I am aware that this information is incomplete, because I can not give you the experience that you gain experimenting with these processes. And in creativity, to experience is everything.

Eight years ago I started teaching creativity using painting and drawing as a tool. I developed my own method that came from experimenting, from teaching art classes to beginners and from other artists. My goal was to wake up my student's hidden potential.

Painting classes rules

 

 

 

 


 

I advice my students to follow only three rules. If they do, I can guarantee that their creativity will increase tremendously.

The first is "Stop thinking". I know this may be shocking at first, perhaps impossible to do, but what it means is that we need to stop comparing and judging, we need to forget what we have learn from childhood, erase everything that someone said is right or wrong aesthetically. It means that we need to leave all the prejudices we carry around. Not easy indeed. Stop thinking allows your intuition to take charge.
Usually, one of the biggest obstacles to our creativity is the fear of making mistakes. And although, painting errors are not life or death situations, people often tend to freeze. "Stop thinking" encourage students to start making mistakes, and mistakes have a way of teaching us things that will stay with us for the rest of our life. Making mistakes will get us to places we never thought we could access. When accidents happen a new knowledge is discovered.

The second rule is "working without a vision" without a model, with nothing to be copied. I give a starting point, the same for everyone, for example: you need to create only with two colors. I do not show any examples or pictures, therefore students need to work with the only resource they have left: themselves.
We are accustomed having a goal all the time, probably because a goal gives us a sense of security. There is a pattern to follow, something to grab onto. However, when there are no goals, there is nothing to hold onto, and the only choise is to learn to trust yourself. This means that you follow what it is happening in the moment, selecting the colors you need, following the hints the composition is showing you and the sensations you're having. When this happens is when you start waking up your creativity using your intuition.

My experience has taught me that from six people doing the same exercise, there are six very different results in which you can clearly see the individuality of each person.

The third rule is "do not fall in love" do not get attached to what you are doing. Many times there is a part of the painting that you really like, but the rest is not solved. When this happens, the part you like is preventing you to solve the rest, somehow that particular area will not let you be free. Learn to let go. In real life as in painting, detachament are necessary, because if you don't do it, that part will hold you back. Flexibility and detachment are essential.

Experienced Art Students usually give me more problems than beginners. They already have an artistic training and for that reason they are subjected by rules and ways about how to work. They have too many limitations. Beginners are more open to experiment because they don't know how to do it and therefore they are willing to try.

The way you behave painting is a reflection almost identical to the way you behave in real life. The experience of developing your own creativity by being flexible, taking risks, questioning what you see, not thinking about prototypes, being objective, enjoying the adventure, be more curious, will inevitably lead you to apply these qualities in real life, which will expand your perspective and improve how you see your on life.

If you are a teacher, or an artist, try to apply these three rules in you next assignment or artwork and you will see the difference. No doubts.

You can see here the painting classes I have online.