How to Use Attention and Intention to Generate Art Progress

A commitment to learn, explore and grow requires both attention and intention. This kind of pledge activates engagement and a zest for progress in one’s life. 

In his book, “The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive” Brendon Burchard suggests we have a “greater sense of play when taking on new challenges and projects since each brings new opportunities to leave your singular mark on the world.”

I find recurring groups offer social connections, infuse my projects with new ideas, give me a sense of change, and most importantly, provide forward movement in my creative undertakings. (Note: In an earlier post, I discussed my studio practice system which is primarily a daily solo effort, but a foundation of my growth plan.

Burchard suggests one of the greatest ways to activate creativity is to share more, consciously choosing activities that demand we test and expand our skills. Circles of women, their presence and their input, help me with this goal

An important staple of my recurring circles is needlepoint. Four of us have been stitching together for more than 30 years. We now meet once a month, although we used to stitch every Tuesday. Because the day varies, I like to get those dates on the calendar as soon as possible. Each person within this loosely constructed group of 10 women works on their own project, sometimes only working on it at the meeting. An afternoon flies by with light banter, personal updates and stories that share creative progress. 

A second gathering of 12 creatives also meets monthly. The first meeting of the year is devoted to planning a mix of projects, challenges and field trips. Because of the diverse agenda, this group seems to incorporate different elements that push members to explore and participate in creative activities.

My third circle involves one afternoon a week in a small community of women who work to improve their metal skills.

Each method and its community serves an art purpose that helps push me beyond my comfort zone. I believe that art requires these kind commitments to creating, challenging and sharing.

Social groups aid art progress

“Creative expression comes to me not out of solitude but out of social inspiration. …Genius loves company.”

“When you feel in touch with your creative side and express it consistently you feel more alive and engaged. You sense your unique place and perspective in the world, and you take joy in sharing your ideas and feelings through whatever medium you can…”

Brendon Burchard

In addition to these circles, I’ve enrolled in five different classes this quarter. I’m focused on growing and proactively managing the effort.

What will you do to insure your art progress?