Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind

Inspiration from Pablo Picasso

Inspired by Pablo Picasso's Guitar
Begin With The End In Mind Acrylics on Canvas by Noel Newquist

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was talented from a very young age, and as the quote above indicates, he struggled to make a lifelong career out of his art. Although his life (showed in his art) went through a Blue Period during young adulthood, he had a vision of what he wanted his life to become, and he worked hard to make it happen. By the time he passed away at the age of 91, he was world-renowned for inventing new art styles such as cubism, constructed sculpture, and collage.

Picasso’s constructed sculptures, such as the one titled Guitar, can be seen as the physical culmination of all that he strove for through the earlier periods of his art. It captures the essence of the object with the simplest of forms and no unnecessary frills. My rendition here uses complimentary colors to represent the personal relationship that I have to music (I mostly prefer music that offers respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life).

Habit 2 is fairly self-explanatory, and can be summed up easily as: have a plan! For most of my life, I have been the kind of guy who happily plays things by ear. I’m known for “winging it” when plans get disrupted. While that flexibility has helped me in many instances, I find that it’s no substitute for proper planning and preparation. With my artwork, I often begin by making multiple thumbnail sketches or a digital collage that can be rearranged to find the best composition. I test materials on scraps before using them on final artworks. And most importantly, I always keep a drawing utensil handy, just in case I need it. Long-term, I plan to build Newquii Studios into a self-sustaining, full-time, primary source of income for my family. When I die, I want my memorial service to be filled with stories of creativity and inspiration.

What goals do you have in your personal and professional life? Short term? Long term? Look ahead and visualize what those goals mean for you, and work towards making them happen. What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?

Check out the Newquii Shop for original artwork and prints, including the painting above.