The Productive Artist
I’ve never had a poker face (so I don’t play cards.)
Read my face; read my mood.
I was mostly a serious child. I made wrinkles in my forehead when I was really thinking hard about something. When I was sad, my mouth turned down. Angry or frustrated – I had a wrinkled forehead, eyes blazing, downturned mouth and my lower lip rolled down to my chin. I never acted out physically but my face showed major churn going on inside.
Equally true - simple pleasures make me smile, satisfaction makes me glow, and what tickles my funny bone makes me laugh out loud. (In fact, when I worked in a corporate open concept office, I used to get in trouble for laughing too much.)
I’ve been thinking a lot more about success and happiness as I work with artists to help them get more of what they want.
Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong.
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished."
In a Ted Talks video, Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time.
He supports this premise with intriguing research:
- We vastly underestimate how much change happens in the future.
- We overestimate our preferences.
- We find past experiences easy to remember and a future harder to imagine, so we believe that future is unlikely to happen.
So, think of yourself as a wonderful work of art in progress as you plan what’s next in your art, life and marketing.
Choose a palette of many colors and water-based media or layered techniques. Step back periodically to check your progress and make new decisions that please you as you go.