Nela Dunato Art & Design Blog

Artsy Weekend in June part 1: Witching Day and Wallpeople

Artsy Weekend in June part 1: Witching Day and Wallpeople

Last weekend was filled with various cultural events here in Rijeka, and sadly I couldn't get to visit all of them, but those I did visit I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm continuing the tour next weekend, so I'm making this a 'part 1' of a series, starting with Witching Day and Wallpeople 2014. Read more...

6 Things I've Learned From a Successful Blogger (And How I've Applied Them)

6 Things I've Learned From a Successful Blogger (And How I've Applied Them)

About a month ago I took part in a free CreativeLive workshop Build a Successful Creative Blog taught by April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle. Some of us who attended decided to create a blog tour, highlighting our biggest takeaways. If you want to learn how to improve your blog (or start a new one) definitely read this post, and the other posts in the series. Read more...

The Meaning of Failure

The Meaning of Failure

Fear of failure is probably the single biggest thing that stops people from doing what they love and achieving success. Why is fear of failure so prevalent? Why do we allow it to govern our lives and prevent us from having what we want? What is the difference between people who embrace failing often as a part of their success strategy, and those of us who don't (and hence don't succeed)? The answer is: to some of us, failure is not 'just failure'. Read more...

Make better decisions & reach your goals with your superhero archetype

Make better decisions & reach your goals with your superhero archetype

There's a saying (I have no idea where I first heard of it) 'If you want to achieve something, you need to think like a person who already did it'. In this post I'm sharing a technique you can use to get yourself into a mindset of this person. Here's the gist: create a 'superhero' persona that will step in and lead the way when you need to make decisions and take actions that will lead you toward your goals. Read more...

Welcome to my studio! This is where the magic happens

Welcome to my studio! This is where the magic happens

For years I've been living in apartments with no room for a proper studio. I've been creating on kitchen tables, balconies, beds and even floors. All my art & craft supplies had to fit in two drawers. I tried to make the best of what I had. Now I have a wonderful dedicated room just for my creative work. It's an office and an art studio in one. I have plenty of room for creating, and enough storage space for all the art supplies and tools I own. I absolutely love spending my days here. Read more...

Are you frustrated when your fans ignore your best work?

Are you frustrated when your fans ignore your best work?

Recently I've been e-mailing back and forth with my online friend and we came across the issue of people's taste not being aligned with our own artistic taste. She mentioned how some of her very dear and important works went almost unnoticed, and those works that she didn't consider that good got a huge amount of feedback. The good side of this phenomenon is people like something. At least you have fans! The bad side is, they don't like what you want them to like. Read more...

Maybe you're not meant to be a specialist

Maybe you're not meant to be a specialist

We've been called unfocused, irresponsible, flaky, Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none and a gazzillion other things, mostly negative. Occasionally someone might call us a Renaissance person or multi-talented (usually people who are themselves multi-passionate, so they see the benefit), but in general we have a really bad rep in the world of specialization. Read more...

How to overcome Resistance: A visual metaphor

How to overcome Resistance: A visual metaphor

We usually imagine Resistance, or creative block, as a solid, heavy thing blocking our path. It's difficult to bypass and impossible to move or destroy. Sometimes we see it as a little nagging monster, riding on our backs the entire time, covering our eyes and generally causing mayhem. I propose a different visual that might feel less intimidating. Read more...

Using Art Journaling To Beat Perfectionism

Using Art Journaling To Beat Perfectionism

I this video I talk about how art journaling can help with releasing perfectionist tendencies. I call myself a recovering perfectionist, I'm still not completely completely over it, but I saw some progress and I'm really happy with how it's working so I want to share some of my tools and techniques with you so you can see this progress in yourself as well. Read more...

Who are you really creating your art for?

Who are you really creating your art for?

There was a time when I was concerned about what my art represents, and what it does to the viewers. I was concerned that I was spreading negativity through my art, that I was airing my dirty laundry, and that maybe it wasn't a smart decision. My family's concerns about them possibly looking bad in public cast doubt on my work as well. So there was a phase when I really wasn't sure whether I should publish such art at all. But after I examined this subject from all sides, I decided it's OK for me to publish my art, and that I will continue to do it as long as I feel the need to. Read more...

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