Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I allowed a recent disappointment to drain my motivation. Common sense tells me that I am foolish to let uncontrollable things control my moods, but try as I may, they do. Other artists have told me they have the same experience. I Goggled "motivation" and there were a lot of opinions on why and how to overcome the lack of it; (which takes motivation!) One thing for sure it is a rare thing to stay motivated all of the time. My guess is those who are constantly on "go" really suffer from OCD or they have some biological or artificial chemical advantage! "Oh no', I can hear someone say, "I just love what I do so much I can do it 24/7”. Isn’t that called an addiction? If so where do I sign up? I just hate having to push myself into my studio, reluctantly go through the motions of painting only to waste a lot of good paint and surfaces. I might as well give myself permission to close the door and chill out! Now that’s a motivating idea!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Mind Maps

I’m sure most of you are familiar with mind maps as a way to plan and visualize one’s goals and projects. If not there is an informative video on You Tube ‘Maximise the Power of Your Brain - Tony Buzan Mind Mapping”. In the past I have created them on paper or whiteboards, etc. Recently I discovered there are numerous computer software programs for them . A free program is available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh OS X. The name is FreeMind. It is a nifty little program and the one I started with. I got so hooked on doing mind maps on the computer that I upgraded to ‘Inspiration’ .This program appeals to my creativity and it has more tools. Unfortunately it’s not free, but the cost is not out of sight. Now if I will act on all the things I have posted on the map I will be happy!
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