5 ways to stay determined!

5 tips on staying Determined!

We all get swayed off our paths now and again. Here’s my top tips on how to get back on and keep going!

1- Be Honest with where you are right now. Don’t see it better than is or worse than it is. Just look at it for what it is. Clarity is a healer and can shift your feelings about your current situation.

2- Decide. Make a decision on what you need to do now. Put the past behind you and get focused. Make a simple decision and sticking to it is the best way to propel you into determination.

3- Get help. You’re not an island, even if you want to be. Making a success of your Art means you need to make connections with others. Ask for help when you need it is vital for your growth.

4- Keep Making Stuff! Even if its not related to your project, just keep creating, keep yourself in the flow. If you jump ship its much harder to get back on.

5- Up your Game. When things get tricky you might want to go away from your routine. Instead of doing this, pivot into upping your game. You’ll create a new habit that, if you do it often enough, will get you back on track every time.

BONUS TIP!

6- Stick a motivational image or quote infront of your bed so its the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. Don’t let those doubts creep in!

Tips from a couple of my lovely Periscope viewers:

“Wake up with gratitude” – @jayceeconnect

“Remember to centre yourself” @prismtrail

“Remember your core and go from there” @prismtrail

“Go beyond thought and into your heart” @jayceeconnect

“Colour is one of the best inspirations there is” @prismtrail

With my Warmest Wishes, 

3 reasons to be Grateful for what you don’t have

Be grateful for what you have AND what you DON’T have – Sounds CRAZY doesn’t it! Why be grateful for something that hasn’t happened yet? Or for something you haven’t received yet?

Most of us are taught to be grateful for what we have and many of us know how powerful it is to be grateful/to be appreciative. It literally changes our mood in an instant. However, what about the things or situations that you want, that haven’t happened yet?

If you are not practicing being grateful for what you don’t have, then you are trapped in LACK  and what you want will not come to you anytime soon (you’ll just get more lack).

 

Don’t get trapped in WANTING – wanting is a lack trap! 

So lets get grateful. Here are my 3 reasons to be grateful for what you don’t have:

1- It makes you trust yourself and your own situation.
Know that it’s coming – remember my favourite quote “Committed attention attracts supply”. Committed attention to your creativity attracts more of it. You create your own life. Everything you want can be yours, you just gotta get out of the way! Quiet the mind – do some colouring!

2- Puts you slap bang in the present moment.
It empowers you, with no worries and no fear about if this will happen or that will happen (side note- you can’t irradicate fear, so dance with the fear instead). Know that things/situations that you want are coming, but deal with them from the NOW. “Enjoy before intergration?’ commented An9el on Periscope, which reminded  me of the quote— “Do what you are inspired to do first and everything else later”. Get that good ‘flow’ first and use the good flow to do the things you’re not keen on doing.

3- It brings out your Resourceful side.
On a practical note, makes you prepared — find multiple solutions to things/situations. (“Be proactive not reactive” commented @prismtrail on Periscope). Honour yourself as an Artist. Creative and making things happen in the best way for you! Make life happen FOR you and not to you. “You will have everything life wants you to have” echoed @iammax on Periscope. Just do what you want to do in baby steps and congratulate yourself along the way.

Here’s what else my viewers added to this conversation:

“Make your life count and make your life matter for the good” – @bigrayink

“Don’t get caught in the lack trap and blame it on mishaps’ – @aglamplan

“Baby steps turn into big alignments” – @amyflanagan

“Just taking a step can begin the momentum” – @prismtrail

“You have to own these feelings, no denial, then address and then go on in peace” @amyflanagan

Will you be grateful for what you don’t have?

With my Warmest Wishes,

Contrasting Colours (Colour Theory)

Its great to top up your knowledge on Colour Theory, so that you have wealth of information to call on when you need it. I have always been hugely influenced by Colour. You can see it strongly throughout all my work from Sculpture, Mosaic and Painting. This week on Periscope, we discussed the 7 types of Contrasting colours as outlined in “Itten -The Elements of Colour” (a treatise on the colour system on Johannes Itten – The art of colour, published in 1961). Hugely important for all kinds of visual artists from set designers to digital artists.

7 types of Contrasting Colours

1- Hue. The most contrasting colours are Red, Blue and Yellow (as they are primary) followed by Green, Purple and Orange (as the secondary colours are less vivid). If you contrast any of these with Black and White you also get a bold contrast effect.

2- Light/Dark. Placing a lighter colour against a darker colour produces a contrast and of course Black and White would be the strongest. When you mix any colour with White to get lighter or mix with black to get darker, you get an infinite amount of grey tones which produce shades (using black) or tints (using white).

3- Warm/Cool. Yellows, Oranges, Reds and Pinks are warm colours and Greens, blues and Purples are cool colours (although purple can lean more to warm if it is a more red purple). Putting warm colours and cool colours together produce great contrasting effects.

4- Complementary. Complementary colours are some of the most invaluable colour combinations that we have. Appearing on opposite ends of the colour wheel, Contrasting colour combinations are intense and dynamic.  Orange & blue, Green & Red, Purple & Yellow are the three main complementaries.

5- Simultaneous. This type of contrasting colour is interesting because its where we begin to see slight optical illusions. Simultaneous contrasting is the fact that when you see one colour, your eye also generates its complimentary colour. You can see this as evident when you place a neutral colour such as grey next to your colour. Within this grey you begin to see tinges of the complimentary colour. Its so fascinating!

6- Saturation. This type of contrast is based on the vividness of a colour. The most effective contrast being the most vivid of a colour and the least vivid. The colour is usually mixed with varying amounts of grey tones, to produce what I like to call ‘dusky’ colours.

7- Extension. This is the most complex of all the types of contrasts. Contrast of Extension means the proportion of two or more colours next to each other. For example, if you had a large green circle and within it, a small red circle, the red circle is contrasting to the green because it seems so much more vivid, even though it is smaller, because of its powerful hue.

I asked my viewers what their favourite complimentary colour pairing was and the majority chose the pairing of blue-green and orange-red. You can see that pairing across the centre of the colour wheel above.

What your favourite?

Until next week. With Warm Wishes,

Pushing against or Pulling towards your Creativity?

You know if you’re PUSHING to do your Creative work when:

1- It feels like you are making a lot of compromises (job is paying less or you have to do much more work than you thought)

2- It feels like a struggle

3- It feels like you’d rather be doing something else

4- It feels like you are over-thinking

5- You’re inner critic is getting its way!

6- You feel a bit stifled and stuck

7- You are often going back to old ways of doing things because you think they’ll work again (instead of growing out from what you’ve become)

8- You might have a headache (criticising yourself too much) or a stomach ache (not listening to your instinct)

9- You might find you are procrastinating (getting distracted) more than usual!

10- You might find you’ve developed a habit thats not benefitting you.

You know if you are BEING PULLED TOWARDS your Creative work when:

1- You are making it happen organically

2- You are doing it because you want to

3- It feels like you are in the flow

4- You are having lots of ideas

5- You are acting upon these ideas

6- You’re not thinking too hard

7- You aren’t listening to your inner critic

8- You feel like you are growing

9- You feel energised, enthusiastic and upbeat

10- It somehow feels like its calling you and its no effort to go through the process

How to go from ‘pushing against’ to ‘being pulled towards’ your Creative flow ->

1- AWARENESS
Discover what it is that distracts you from your flow and become aware of it

2- REPLACEMENT
Don’t try and stop doing it that distracting thing – just do something else to REPLACE it. For example with food, don’t try and not eat the thing that is unhealthy, just choose the healthier option instead. Same with your Art. Choose the better option – the one that uplifts you…or gets you across the bridge from push to pull with ease.

3- REWARD
Reward yourself for breaking through the obstacle and setting yourself a new standard.

and bonus point 😉 ->

4- REPEAT
If you put this into process regularly, then the “pulling toward” feeling will eventually become a natural process.

When’s the last time you rewarded yourself for your Creative work?

Until next week – With my Warmest Wishes,

Why is Creativity Important?

Why is Creativity so important?

There must be 100 reasons why Creativity is so important – Creativity is the very stuff of life itself. On my Create, Elevate, Celebrate show this week, I discussed my top 3 reasons with the Periscope viewers. Then they came up with their own reasons too.

Here’s my top 3 reasons why Creativity is Important:

1- Seeing things from different perspectives.

Creatives have the innate skill of being great problem solvers. We see things in different ways, making us have unique ways of looking at the world. Its these ways of seeing that transform ourselves, each other and our societies. Creativity is also another word for resourcefulness. We can be resourceful in our art form and even more than that, we can be resourceful in different aspect of our lives. Problem solving a situation is the same process as problem solving for the best Creative Solution.

2- Taking Risks.

Think of the moment as you approach the blank canvas, the empty stage or the empty screen. Its a moment loaded with vunerability. To even allow yourself to start is honourable as its the result of you deciding to take a risk. Exploring your creative idea is risky too…you can go through each step and ride all manner of emotions, all of which could be too much for some. However once you’ve done it a few times, your creativity calls you back again to play with it. You feel better. You grow a bit more each time. You become more and more courageous.

3- Connection.

Our Artwork connects us to ourselves, it shows us a deeper part of ourselves to give us a greater understanding. It connects us to our intuition and helps us build trust. When you feel like you are ‘in the zone’ you have trusted yourself enough to let go of your critical voice and leap forward into the unknown. Our Creativity also connects us to others which is immensely valuable to both us and them. For us it can be a greater sense of belonging, acknowledgement and appreciation. For others it can show them another way of looking at themselves, the world or to simply find more beauty and joy in their lives.

Here’s the reasons why Creativity is so important to my Periscope viewers:

– “Creativity is important because it makes a person an individual”

– “Because it will last longer than I do”

– “I will explode if I didn’t create”

– “I’m a stay at home mum it keeps me sane

– “Creativity leads to a successful life”

– “Creativity is important because it makes me feel alive

– “Creativity is important because it gives me purpose

– “Creativity is important  because it gives you your own voice

– “Creativity is important because it gives us a legacy

– “Its a gift from God that gives me chance to serve others, it thereapuetic and gives me joy”

– “Creativity is a way to document your life”

– “Would feel lost without being creative”

– “The process of bringing seemingly nothing into something

– “Helps inspire young and new artists making the world less plain and more beautiful

– “Because it relaxes me”

– “Because its fun

Why is Creativity important to You?

With Warmest Wishes,

What do Colours mean to you?

This week on my lovestream @leonamatuszak, I decided to speak about Colour and give an experience to my viewers by immersing them in the colours on my phone screen. It was very important to let go of the minds interpretation of the colour, let old presumptions go and just feel the colour in the moment. I took note of everyone’s responses in the comments after the broadcast and here are the very varied and creative results!

RED – hot, warm, happy, violent, unrelaxed, passion, fire, excited, energised

YELLOW– sunshine, bright, happy, overwhelm, gold, energised, nostalgic, money, warm, beach, abundance

BLUE (blue/grey on the camera) – calm, easy going, relaxed, soothing, chilled, optimistic

ORANGE (dark on the camera)- happy, fire, uncomfortable, sunset, uplifting, love

GREEN (mid on the camera) – grass, nature, summer, acidic, spring, tropical neon jungle, foliage, calm, football, leaves, northern lights, joy

PINK (magenta on the camera) – love, peace, uplifted, energised, radiant, pretty, repulsive, cheerful, optimistic, agitated

PURPLE – regal, opulent, serious, depressed, relaxing, childlike, psychic, supernatural, change, spiritual, fun, silly

Isn’t it interesting what the mind thinks a colour represents and then how it makes us feel – they are often two different things. In this experiment it was interesting to see how for different people, Magenta was repulsive, Yellow represented nostalgia and Purple felt like change. Our unconscious memories definitely play a role here, don’t they?

What are your favourite colours and how do they make you feel?

With my Warmest Wishes,

By | 2018-07-23T13:55:12+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Colour, Create Elevate Celebrate, Creativity, Inspiration, Psychology|0 Comments

3 Insights into the ‘follow-up’ (to make it less painful)

Although you know its crucial, its usually much more difficult for us Creative folks to follow-up on new contacts. This is because you are putting a part of you (your work) out into the world and you can feel quite exposed. Rejection, Ridicule and Critiscim seem too close for comfort and the tendency for many Artists is to give up before they have really given themselves a fair chance.

Once you have made the decision to make some connections and initial contact has been made, the scariest thing often happens….not hearing anything back. This is where the follow-up comes in. I feel this process is what separates the successful artists from the unsuccessful ones. The ones who follow up are the most successful because they have given themselves more CHANCES to be. (Side note – By ’successful’ I mean making a living from making art form, in whichever way you feel is the highest and best for you).

Its important to remember that the most likely reason your contact(s) haven’t responded to you is they simply haven’t had time. So follow up. The benefits are obvious (more opportunities, paid work etc..), so lets look at my 3 insights to make this process less painful from now on.

My 3 Insights into the ‘follow-up’:

1- It shows them that you mean business. If they have seen your initial contact via email and then you follow up with a phone call, they know you are serious and someone they should take seriously. You have made the best professional impression you can and they should be open to what you have to say.

2- It shows them you are genuine. It shows you care about the connection you are trying to make with them. In the long term this is something you cannot fake and people resonate much more quickly with people who come across genuine…not because they are trying to be, just because they are.

3- It shows YOU something about THEM! You’re in the driving seat of your own life. You are making contact with them, which means you are in control. Find out if they are the company they say they are by speaking to someone and getting the relationship moving.

BONUS insight!

4- It shows YOU that you are BEING the person you want to be! You are Honouring yourself and your work by following through. You are doing what you set out to do. You are strong, determined and passionate about your Creative expression. These are personal characteristics that are highly honourable…be proud of yourself. Even if you are not getting the results you are looking for right now…keep on. You will.

With my Warm Wishes,

By | 2018-07-23T13:55:30+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Creative Business, Creativity, Inspiration, Personal Development|0 Comments

3 Reasons why Completion is so important.

Completing a project is such a great feeling, but why do we leave so many projects unfinished? Maybe its because we have so many ideas and not enough time! Or maybe its because, somewhere, we are scared to follow through to that final step. There’s a great deal of uncertainty waiting at the end of a project which can be daunting. Maybe a previous experience is holding you back from completing your current project?

Whatever the details are of the situation, I’m here to give you 3 reasons why its SO important to finish your project, today!

1- HONOUR.
Completing projects are all about Honouring yourself and your work. Honour means a deep sense of respect and almost a duty – a responsibility that you have been given, or chosen yourself. Honour yourself as an Artist and the work you produce. The world needs your Art just as much than you need to express yourself! Finishing projects is one way of honouring yourself, can you think of another?

2- TIME TO PROMOTE AND GET SALES.
Completing your Creative Project is just half of the story, isn’t it. It really is the most fun part so enjoy it to the maximum before its over – this moment won’t ever happen again (in exactly the same way). When you’ve finished its time to start promoting yourself and then receiving the sale(s). It’s where you’ll create some great connections with people who will champion what you’ve made. Promoting and Sales can also be a ton of fun if you do it in a way that feels good to you while still being educated on some best practices.

3- YOU CAN GO ONTO BIGGER AND BETTER CREATIONS.
Don’t hold onto your Art. Let if flow. Not just while your making the work but the transitional process from piece to piece. If you feel its like a flow then you’ll enjoy it more. Plus you’ll be focusing on eagerly expecting the next project instead of being dragged down by finishing the current one. Be open to the flow because it will have some amazing new experiences and creations just waiting for you, but you have to allow it.

BONUS TIP!

If you watch me on Periscope, you’ll know I love a bonus tip! So I’ll share one with you too 😉

4- IT’S AN EXCUSE TO CELEBRATE!
Whens the last time you celebrated when you completed an artwork? It doesn’t have to be full of fanfares and loud music (although, it could be!) – celebrations can come in all forms – a catch-up meeting with a friend, a walk in a park, dinner at a restaurant – whatever works for you. But its important to mark the occasion. We can easily be caught up in whats going on in our lives and forget to take some time out to recognise ourselves for what we have achieved. I highly recommend celebrating all small achievements…it keeps you excited about moving forward to the next step in your creative development.

With Warm Wishes,

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By | 2018-07-23T13:55:53+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Creativity, Inspiration, Personal Development|0 Comments

Leona Matuszak’s Blog

Welcome to my blog.

Thanks for dropping by, it’s great to have you here.

I’m a Visual Artist based in London, U.K.

You can expect plenty of information here that will help you in your own creative journey of becoming and evolving as an Artist. Think of this as your go-to resource for creative inspiration!

I will also let you know about my recent Artwork. Find the most up to date information about my work on my News Page.

Stay in touch with me via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Periscope.

If you need to talk about your project, idea or portfolio, then go to my coaching page to book a session.

With Warm Wishes,

By | 2018-07-23T13:56:35+00:00 February 20th, 2016|Creativity, Welcome|0 Comments