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How can you achieve recognition at the # nbsp; international level in just # nbsp; 3 years, in # nbsp; what is the advantage of participating in # nbsp; online contests і # nbsp; how quarantine restrictions affect # nbsp; creative activity?
The story of Natalia Zhizhko from Vinnitsa is inspiring and # nbsp; motivating, because the artist managed to achieve success and # nbsp; recognition at # nbsp; international level, in just # nbsp; 3 years. How could she achieve such a result?

Many of us # nbsp; often criticize ourselves and # nbsp; feel insecure about their own abilities, thereby making a big mistake, since without an objective assessment from the # nbsp; side, at times, we # nbsp; miss important events and # nbsp; opportunities that are growth points.

Natalia began painting from # nbsp; September 2017. # Nbsp; the artist had no academic experience, at that time, she had an art school experience.
Fate developed in such a way that instead of the Kiev Institute of Light Industry, in # nbsp; connection with # nbsp; her father's illness, she was forced to stay at home and # nbsp; entered the Vinnytsia Polytechnic Institute. After studying, Natalia went to serve in the # nbsp; army. And # nbsp; worked in a # nbsp; military unit for over 25 years. During this period of her life, she has # nbsp; touched # nbsp; paints and # nbsp; brushes. But # nbsp; love for # nbsp; fine art has always been present in the # nbsp; artist, she wanted to decorate her space with paintings.



What was the impetus for taking action?


The starting point to # nbsp; the development of his talent was, it seemed # nbsp; quite a common case. An employee brought to show the embroidery, on which # nbsp; was depicted a Spanish woman with # nbsp; a bouquet of flowers. Natalia wanted to transfer this image to # nbsp; canvas. With # nbsp; of this picture, she discovered a talent for herself.

For an artist at the # nbsp; early stage of her # nbsp; creativity, it was very important to get feedback. Natalia looked for every opportunity where she can showcase her work and # nbsp; receive criticism. In # nbsp; including # nbsp; received rejections, I liked the work, but # nbsp; did not # nbsp; fit. One of the # nbsp; first recognitions of her work, Vinnitsa received at # nbsp; international competition Golden Time, in which # nbsp; subsequently took part for several seasons in a row and # nbsp; is the owner of 4 Grand Prix of the festival. Natalia learned about the # nbsp; contest completely by accident from # nbsp; advertising and # nbsp; deciding to demonstrate her work there, she didn’t expect any results. How # nbsp; she was surprised when her # nbsp; work wanted to hang at # nbsp; herself on # nbsp; walls, one of # nbsp; members of the international jury Marina Spencer O'Neil, who is the president of UNESCO in # nbsp; Italy. Natalia notes that participation in the # nbsp; contest allowed her to realize # nbsp; that she is moving in the # nbsp; right direction. A pleasant atmosphere, support and # nbsp; constructive criticism from # nbsp; professionals of the international level, made it possible for # nbsp; self-improvement and # nbsp; growth.



What's your biggest achievement and # nbsp; failure?


One of the # nbsp; important achievements for herself, Natalia considers, receiving feedback from Igor Sakharov, according to # nbsp; whose lessons she began her career. It was the painting "Sail" that the artist estimated according to # nbsp; dignity.

There weren't # nbsp; failures as such. Because Natalia is convinced that any situation, even if it seems negative, is a valuable experience for further development.
To maintain your inspiration and # nbsp; resource is important, just give yourself time to rest and # nbsp; spend it with # nbsp; loved ones, Natalia shared her main secret. One of the # nbsp; # nbsp; key points on the # nbsp; path to # nbsp; success # nbsp; is not # nbsp; letting yourself burn out emotionally.



Monetizing creativity and # nbsp; participation in # nbsp; contests


At # nbsp; today, Natalia Zhizhko has # nbsp; more than 9 personal exhibitions and # nbsp; experience of participation in # nbsp; international competitions (London, Turkey, Germany). The artist notes that the main value of participation in # nbsp; contests, in # nbsp; is to be able to set a goal for yourself, see the level of other participants and # nbsp; assert yourself.

Contests are one of the # nbsp; important points in the development of creativity, as they help you to look at # nbsp; yourself and # nbsp; your work from # nbsp; sides. The artist is firmly convinced that if you set yourself the goal of only selling paintings, she will not # nbsp; take away. It is worth creating pictures with # nbsp; love, it is worth developing yourself with # nbsp; love and # nbsp; # nbsp; first of all, investing resources in # nbsp; your own development, in # nbsp; in this case, money can come just a nice bonus. Since # nbsp; one of the # nbsp; main criteria for the # nbsp; realization of your paintings is the distribution of your creativity both in # nbsp; Internet portals and # nbsp; at # nbsp; face-to-face exhibitions, which allows you to expand the audience fans of talent. Since # nbsp; pursuing # nbsp; improving your creativity and # nbsp; postponing showing your talent to others, you can # nbsp; go unnoticed. Therefore, the artist is convinced that only by acting and # nbsp; showing her paintings everywhere you can achieve success in the shortest possible time.



How do quarantine restrictions affect # nbsp; creativity?


Natalia in # nbsp; first of all notes that the time has been freed up that can be devoted to creativity. In # nbsp; connection with # nbsp; restrictions, many experience depression, sadness. But # nbsp; data, it seemed # nbsp; would be unfavorable conditions, can be used with # nbsp; benefit for yourself and # nbsp; find inspiration in # nbsp; to create brighter pictures and # nbsp; injecting colors into # nbsp ;own life.

Indeed, in the # nbsp; connection with the # nbsp; pandemic, # nbsp; many have disrupted plans, # nbsp; including # nbsp; artists. Exhibitions, in # nbsp; foreign features, are postponed to # nbsp; indefinitely. Therefore, of # nbsp; exact goals that can now be set and # nbsp; implemented # nbsp; is participation in # nbsp; online contests and # nbsp; online exhibitions. Natalia's work participates in # nbsp; Japan National University of Watercolors online exhibition. Also in # nbsp; soon the artist's paintings can be seen in # nbsp; Kiev at # nbsp; gallery "Globus" and # nbsp; at # nbsp; the artist's house.

One of the # nbsp; important goals of Natalia, at # nbsp; this stage, is studying at # nbsp; Vinnitsa Pedagogical University at # nbsp; Faculty of Fine Arts. Since the artist feels that # nbsp; will soon be ready to share her experience and # nbsp; teach.

Natalia's success story motivates # nbsp; actions in # nbsp; her development, if # nbsp; would she give up after the first refusal, if # nbsp; would she sit and # nbsp; thought that she was not # nbsp; ready to demonstrate her work to others, she would # nbsp; and # nbsp; stay exactly at the stage # nbsp; which she started. It was the actions that led Natalia to # nbsp; the result that she now has, since the artist is firmly convinced that it is important to use all the opportunities that fate provides!