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Seven Ways The Artist, Monet, Helps Us Convey Our Authenticity. Your perceived "nothin' specialness" can, too, be your masterpiece. Check it out.

Seven Ways The Artist, Monet, Helps Us Convey Our Authenticity. Your perceived "nothin' specialness" can, too, be your masterpiece. Check it out.

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MONETizing Mediocrity

  1. 1. ©Jim McLean, 2013 MONET-MONET- izingizing MediocrityMediocrity—By Jim McLean
  2. 2. ©Jim McLean, 2013 • 1. “Dig.” • 2. “Delve.” • 3. “See.” • 4. “Understand.” • 5. “Do.” • 6. “Be.” • 7. “Convey.” “It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” —Claude Monet “One can do something if one can see and understand it.” —Claude Monet “The painter…simply seeks to be himself and no one else.” —Claude Monet “I want to convey that which is alive between me and the subject.” —Claude Monet
  3. 3. ©Jim McLean, 2013 Why Does Impressionism Connect With Me? The Impressionists were visual rebels and this book was written to carry their rebellion forward. Why? Because I’m a rebel, too. Introduction
  4. 4. ©Jim McLean, 2013 What Am I Rebelling Against? I rebel against the confusion of your perceptions with everyone else’s. I rebel against that because I believe it mis-defines you. You don’t want that, do you? Now, get ready to learn how Monet can help you see more of who you really are. Introduction ”I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” —Claude Monet
  5. 5. ©Jim McLean, 2013 What Was Impressionism About? “Impressionist” artists depicted subjective impressions rather than just portraits. As a result, art critics of the day viewed such art as mediocre. The term, “Impressionist,” was first used by the critic, Louis Leroy, to deride Monet's work, "Impression, Sunrise." Monet’s cohorts, however, liked the term, and glommed-onto it.“I would advise young artists to paint as they can without being afraid of painting badly .” —Claude Monet Monet
  6. 6. ©Jim McLean, 2013 What Did Monet Do? Ultimately, Monet dethroned the standards of the day's art gatekeepers, prevailing despite constant self-doubt by embodying his realizations in his whole life and work. The word "mediocrity" in the title here is used to point out the terrifying challenge that you, too, as a creator, must continually face and overcome, as Monet did. Monet “My life has been nothing but a failure.” —Claude Monet
  7. 7. ©Jim McLean, 2013 In the end, Monet achieved his mystical goal to “paint the way a bird sings.” His ”song” resonates not only via the aesthetic he created but also through the monetary value his work commands. Most important, Monet opened the door for you and me to view reality as we see fit, instead of how critics dictate we see it. The Monet Effect. Monet “I despise the opinion of the press and the so- called critics.” —Claude Monet
  8. 8. ©Jim McLean, 2013 As a result of Monet’s quest, your authenticity—your “genius”—has just as much value as Monet’s. This is by virtue of your unique value as a human being. The problem is, as a child, our self-image gets significantly shaped before we’ve had any chance to contribute to it. Your Authenticity Is An Absolute “Good.” ”Never, even as a child, would I bend to a rule.” —Claude Monet Why I Wrote This Book
  9. 9. ©Jim McLean, 2013 It Starts The Day We’re Born. Taking on the views of our parents and teachers is a perfectly understandable and natural to do, for children. But carrying inherited views into adult life without sorting out which are ours and which aren’t just creates more work for us later. Why I Wrote This Book
  10. 10. ©Jim McLean, 2013 Don’t Mistake Yourself For A Knockoff. You can become more than who you are now. You can also convey more of that authentic “you” to the world. But to do so, you cannot exclude the most important set of standards available to you: Your own. You must develop them and find the courage to apply them.My work is always better when I am alone and follow my own impressions.” —Claude Monet Why I Wrote This Book
  11. 11. ©Jim McLean, 2013 Dig. In Monet’s words, the key is to, “dig and delve unceasingly.” Have you begun the process? Do you value and believe in what you’ve found? Is it expressing and connecting you to the world, authentically? “So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” —Claude Monet Step 1:
  12. 12. ©Jim McLean, 2013 “MONETizing YOU.” Read the rest of my simple Seven- Step process based on Monet’s words of wisdom. eBook includes: •!Work-sheets • Examples • Inspirational affirmations • Tips for selling on Etsy • Instructional video • And much more! Learn more now: http://www.MONETizingMediocrity.com Step 1: www.etsy.com/listing/160879274

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