external focus definition

Artists that draw inspiration from the physical world around them are externally focused.  Drawing what is around them is often the first thing people do to start developing as artists, and they may continue to be externally focused as artists for the rest of their lives.  However, in time they may change and become more internally focused.  Approaching art with an external focus creates objective art - art that is perceived rather than art that is subjective - stemming from the mind or heart.