Mar 25

3 More Leadership Ideas for Artists

90 day challenge VIDS , Art Practise


Leading oneself in a dynamic way

Continuing on a journey into Joe D Batten we now look at three more points in further detail. As a result, we have some powerful ideas to build a robust mindset.

I am an artist and trying to take my art practice to the next level, therefore I need to strengthen my mindset.

Let’s look at some more quotes from Joe D Batten. I looked at vulnerability, warmth and consistency in the previous article. If you are tired of reading articles and want to see a human being I have a Youtube channel too,

It is our mind that decides where we are heading. When we get more involved in creating content, for example, it is easy to lose focus and then stop. How do I know? This is precisely what has already happened for me.

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Mar 22

3 Leadership Tools for Artists

90 day challenge VIDS , Art Practise

Leading oneself in a healthy way

Leadership can conjure up an idea that we are lead by, or lead someone else.

I am an artist and trying to develop my practice. Already I am getting an insight into many things. Mindset is a recurring theme.

Let’s look at some quotes from Joe D Batten. He talks about the many factors that help to make a great leader in business. These qualities are useful and can help us develop meaningful relationships.

It is our mind that really leads the way in whatever we are doing and we can spend hours making a great plan, only to lose our way.

When you take the first step with any endeavour there may well be a period where you are full of energy and ability to make progress really quickly. As you go deeper into the tasks this can change.Continue reading

Mar 16

Creative Courage – Art of Change

90 day challenge VIDS , Art Practise

Not creative but want to be?

Let’s blow this myth out of the water. Everyone is creative and its part of the human condition. I am willing to allow some sort of dialogue about this one. Here are some points to consider.

So why does it matter anyway?

I strongly believe that when the human race taps into its full potential, all the problems that we face can be transformed. Of course, we are surrounded by miseries of some kind or other. Wherever we are at the moment the potential from within is more needed than ever. This is creativity, a potential to initiate and new action.Continue reading

Mar 14

3 Reasons NOT to stick to Goals

90 day challenge VIDS , Art as a business , Art Practise

All of my recent artwork and associated projects have been goal driven. There are more advantages to fixing goals than working without them. Including daily activities where you can check in to see if you are using your time in the best way you can. Over a period of time, I have found a foundation for my long term goals.

To break down the flight path into do-able chunks is incredibly helpful too. Invariably I have days where the energy level is suspect. The ability to complete the tasks in hand that were set when my energy level was high is also questionable.Continue reading

Mar 11

5 Quotes to Inspire you to make Paintings – Henri Bresson

90 day challenge VIDS , Art Practise

Doubts and realisations

After a rush of complications and a series of doubts and realisations, I am stepping up my art practice and starting what could possibly be a large project. I am going to make some big paintings.

I have an idea for the project. It is going to be called “The Onlookers”. I have been painting landscapes and portraits for the last few years and I want to combine the skills I have developed into scenes.

After talking with a friend I have referred to some quotes from Henri Cartier Bresson. Here are 5 quotes followed by my response and how they may relate to my project and the art of painting.

Many moments to capture

“Thinking should be done before and after, not during photographing.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Clearly in painting the need to be free from criticism or any other blocking action is helpful. With practice, this becomes easier to identify. Look at the object and deliver paint onto the canvas. There are no mistakes just marks and they all have a purpose.

“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.

So an immediate reaction could be deemed as instinctive. In a sense, the process that I have been developing is about responding at the moment of painting. Whilst completing a portrait I will revisit the moment time and time again until I have established a strong relationship with the subject.

This can continue for many days and could be different than meditation. I do however experience a zone or flow state. Perhaps the connection is another way to describe the moment or collection of moments.

“I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

So during this growing art practice, my awareness of myself and consequently those things around me has heightened and sharpened up. As the action of making paintings grow my understanding of my own life and it ebbs and flows becomes reassuringly stronger.

Making Creative work Improves your wellness

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This leads to being able to live life being ever more in touch with your potential. This striving mindset is challenging to maintain. The benefits become cumulative and therefore tangible. Like all good things, it is hard to believe that they will continue to grow and give value. So far the continual growth is a reflection of continuing efforts.

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Finally, in relation to painting, there are many moments of recognition. The task is trusting a multitude of fractions. We are incredible and see so much detail in such a short time. We have the reflexes to translate these into images. So again the health and wellness of creative making has clear benefits.


Mar 10

Connect – Social Capital -Art


What have we got?

Do we sometimes feel that we really haven’t got anything to offer? Kind of powerless and at the mercy of our environment or personal situation. Our health perhaps or even the way that we interact with people.

This can be a very debilitating state to be in and one I am sure that we have all felt some more than others. It is hard to see that we have got the time or the energy to offer anything except to sell our life to someone else. Like being a slave.Continue reading

Mar 07

3 Art Quotes – Inspired to Paint


3 Quotes to Ponder

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.” Frida Kahlo

Resonate with this one? Sometimes for whatever reason, I can have a day or two where I don’t get to paint. Admittedly that is seldom at the moment. When I do paint after a couple of days break I realise I have to do it. Later on, I may well forget.

Interesting how we can forget what is good for us. One explanation, or reflection on this point, is that when painting and getting into it my energy becomes focussed. I feel a fusion of both my masculine and feminine energy.

Painting becomes a holistic practice. The masculine energy gives the focus I need to keep going and stay on the job. Then the feminine energy is nurturing the piece of work. This combination of energies seems quite rare in most of my daily life.

On reflection and following some helpful counselling, I started to see a tendency in my life to be nurturing. Struggling with the masculine side of my personality clearly affected my long-term wellness.

I have tried to address this intellectually. Now I am an artist the benefits of working on a regular basis helps me balance these energies in a practical way.

Here are a couple of quotes about finishing work

“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. “Christina Rossetti

Maybe you are watching this video looking for some inspiration to get to work again. It is possible that the idea that you never finish anything fuels never doing it anyway. No chance of failure if you don’t do it anyway!

Maybe this is already a source of suffering if you already have been making artwork for some time and the road seems to be blocked to making any more. Again this can be for many reasons??

How do you get going again if you have lost the motivation or at least think this is why you aren’ working on your artwork? All matters to take into consideration.


“No great work of art is ever finished.” Michelangelo

How reassuring and what a powerful observation. On many occasions, I have started some work and got to a point where it could be complete. Then I have a moment of doubt and try to do more.

This can spoil what I have already done. On the same token, I can “finish” a piece only a few months later pick it up again and do more with it.

A great work of art is finished when it is sold? Indeed on some occasions, I have “finished” a piece and when it has gone feel that I could have done more work on it.

We can complete our project in a few hours. On other occasions spending days or weeks before we feel that it is ready. Continually making paintings is the way to make paintings. Then it becomes easier to allow your instinctive self to make the decisions.


Mar 03

Poetry – Two More Thought Collage


Surface Tension

Skilled boatmen skim the wetland
Bouncing from grass for a reason
Sand between the toes
A frozen wasteland.

Sense prevails in opposite directions
Not to mention the party with the broken crockery
A sense of disaster

Must last a lifetime of tissues and toilet capers
It’s in the papers
The magnet media hopping giant
Balancing on risky ledges.

Watch weights on hire; at the bistro
With scallops for starters; the bow tie man chucks a glance at the gallery
To aspire to the meaningful intellectuals.
With stains on their trousers;
And champagne corks that come to pass.

A jealous note; a third above the others
Left on the shelf with the other meaningless banter
Fried in bulls bladder
Turned to a crisp on the fast food counters
Just ready to kill them off
It will start with just a tickle and a cough
All gone
All to dust

March 1st 2019
Patrick Turner-Lee Copyright

Fresh Game

Packed up schemes in a box; far cry from a bitter tasting scar
Just a cloud gathering to mist over the seaside vista.

Chuckle as spiders fly in the sky;
Eight legs delight; absorbed in wishful thinking
Sinking to new heights.

Dreaming of heroes
That crash in to take revenge
Never meant to be realistic: in capes
Dressed for glamour and red carpets.

High heeled dames cracking walnuts
For snacks between intervals.
Speaking words.

Try to earn a crust
A must for a working journalist
Missed by the parking lot attendant
The one with a red face from worrying
Scurrying because he is late for breakfast

Yes he is on a copper coloured motorbike
With exhaustion problems
Burning scandals at both ends
Regretting the time he spends
Counting his neighbours’ wealth
Fired up instead of resting.

March 2nd 2019
Patrick Turner-Lee Copyright

Feb 25

Importance of Creativity – Health and Wellness

90 day challenge VIDS , Art as a business

Went to a great workshop today with a bunch of creatives and there is no doubt about it being with like-minded folk can’t be beaten, can it??

Creating content to share

So I came away refreshed. Able to reposition my self in the world and in my situation. My realisation and confidence increased greatly as I realised that all of the work I have been doing creating content to share and create value is beginning to take root in my life.Continue reading

Feb 24

Two Poems – Thought Collage – Painting with words

90 day challenge VIDS , Art Practise

Back in Broken Directions

Primary category

Tackle a Jack of all trades

Dismayed at a junction without lines

Where a car can crash on instruction.

One eye working on behalf of another

No big deal just a function An alternative to reality

Bullied internal questions crushed

Must be the weather, or the pressure from blowing.

Showing a weakness

Unable to hide

Sat beside the discursive equation

With qualified chieftains waiving the creeping illusions

Repelled by building ships into seaside bunkers.

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