Does your family have a creative background? Is your creative streak viewed with suspicion or disbelief. It can be hard to make art if this is what surrounds us so we review our personal histories and how we’ve made changes to the things which influence our beliefs.

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PS. This week is fun and a little silly, but it’s us. Hope you enjoy it.
This week Alice has been wondering whether it’s possible to make 50 paintings a month – and if she would even want to. We also talk studio clear-outs and what we have learned about launching a course online (even though it’s not even our course!)

OK, main topic….

Did you know that who you surround yourself with makes a huge difference to your life? The quote “You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with,” is most often attributed to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, but science backs him up.

What this means is that if your friends are obese, you are much more likely to also be obese. If your friends drink too much, chances are you will too. But how does this impact our art-making? Study on social influence

We discuss the importance of having supportive people in our lives and we share some of the ways we have done this for ourselves. We also share our thoughts on minimizing the psychological impact of negative comments as these can derail us if we are not careful. In the end, it comes down to choosing who or what will influence our mindset and making conscious moves to ensure we stay in a good place.

We’d like to give a shout out to our influencing magic circle:
Tara Leaver
artist, online teacher

Gary Vaynerchuck
(not that he needs it!)

Maz Hawes blog post
and her current #artofkindnesspostcardproject

Zandra Stratford
gutsy, fun and designer for artists

Nicholas Wilton’s CVP
because it’s awesome

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Inside / outside inspiration

Alice has come over all paint and playschool, and Louise is thinking Bob the Builder. Neither has a firm plan…

Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
or Louise @louisefletcher_art

Credits
“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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