Your Dreams Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

This post is by Clint Watson, former art gallery proprietor and founder of BoldBrush, identified for FASO Artist Internet websites, the primary company of qualified artist web-sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Artwork Contest & Exhibit and the free each day art advertising and marketing newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “artwork fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas place of work is complete of primary artwork, as is his home office environment which he shares with his two feline assistants Kiara and Lilly. You can link with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his individual website at


Your dreams reside outside the house of your ease and comfort zone.


If you want to increase and have a additional exciting potential, you need to do anything diverse from what you’ve got performed so far.


A person painter whom I admire enormously is Kevin Macpherson. He’s a wonderful illustration of an individual whose art, career and existence have benefited from functioning “Outdoors the Comfort Zone.” When I to start with met Kevin, he was previously acknowledged as a really successful “Plein Air” painter from New Mexico.  He linked to me the tale of how he had grow to be a high-quality artist.  He had been a incredibly successful freelance illustrator performing in Phoenix, Arizona and created a really cozy dwelling.  Like lots of of us, he wished to pursue his possess imaginative passions and was portray in his spare time. A excursion to Taos motivated him and he made the conclusion to get a property, shut his illustration business enterprise, move to Taos to go after a complete-time wonderful artwork occupation.


Right away, he walked absent from a comfortable profits and the daily life he had constructed, all to go after his aspiration of currently being a good artist.  That’s receiving out of the ease and comfort zone.



Envision Your Dreams

Sit down sometime and set apart some quiet time to imagine about your desires and objectives.  Every thriving artist has believed about his or her targets at some issue in their life span.  Write your dreams and ambitions down.  Now glimpse at your listing.  The objects on that listing will demand going exterior  of your consolation zone to reach.  Artists hardly ever have goals like “function at a dull day position and paint at the time a thirty day period if at all.”  No! People’s dreams make them want to journey the earth, see exotic locations, exhibit their performs in museums, and acquire their particular progress and inventive mastery to unbelievable ranges. You may be at ease with your present regimen, but it will not get you the place you will need to go.


The good detail is that as you push on your own out of the consolation zone, then your ease and comfort zone expands.


You will uncover that the items that utilised to experience not comfortable are now really comfy and, at that issue, you will find your desires and aims increasing even additional outside the house of your “new” comfort zone.  And, at that issue you will have taken your initially phase into a a great deal bigger globe. 



Force On your own to Dance at the Edge

What are some distinct techniques you can get out of your ease and comfort zone? 

1.  Take a workshop with a master artist (preferably a single who paints in different ways than you.)
2.  Sell or Give Away  Your Very best Get the job done
3.  Don’t Present your Lousy or Even Mediocre Performs
4.  Commit to paint just about every working day (expertise is a perform of range of paintings)
5.  Have your function critiqued (by anyone aside from your relatives or mates)
6.  Connect with your passion for painting
7.  Stand out from the crowd, Come across your voice
8.  Work in a new medium
9.  Take a portray excursion to a new put (with an individual who is much better than you)

Force on your own.  Fortune favors the daring brush.


Clint Watson
BoldBrush Founder and Art Fanatic

PS – Don’t limit by yourself to these concepts!  This post is to encourage your contemplating.  I’d adore some feedback on other ideas.  What are some suggestions that you have located practical in pushing yourselves to new levels in your artwork, job or life targets?


PPS – the picture is your editor cooling off at a blowhole by the ocean in Maui, reached soon after a push, finding lost, obtaining our jeep trapped, a hike, an encounter with some regional chickens, and falling down a bamboo coated hillside.  It was so really worth it.



Editor’s Observe:

Today’s post is an up to date model from a couple several years back, but we’re republishing it once again right now since it can be even now a timely and pertinent concept. Get pleasure from!