My life is pretty busy, but I still need to be creative. Every day I do something creative – ‘cause if I don’t, I feel miserable and lose my energy. To me practicing art is important to stay healthy and happy. Making art makes me feel alive!
I love my day job, but OMG! working almost full time leaves me with so little time to make art! I’m twisting my hands, shaking my brain cells hoping they will come up with a fab solution, but so far nothing revolutionary really happened. So I try to deal with the situation as best as I can.
Find your own way
Most artists I know feel short of time, even the ones with no day jobs. The more time you spend working on your art projects, the more you wanna create – ideas come easy when you’re having fun!
Every artist has their own way of coping with “too little time to make art” so try to find your own way!
Right now I’m downscaling wherever possible; social media, planned exhibits, projects, ideas, time consuming techniques and size of paintings. I limit everything down to: What’s most important now!
I’m challenging myself to say yes to the right things. Which means I turned down 4 invitations to exhibit my work this year!
And I haven’t regretted it for a second!
How to get shit done as often as you want? Remove distractions. Make time to do what is important now. Plan. Make commitments to yourself. Show up! Do the work!
One creative hour spent every day adds a lot to your portfolio in a year. You might want to set a creative morning/ afternoon/ evening time to work on a fun project for 30 days to get things started. Join an art group or an art challenge like #30dayartproject Just do it!
Depending on how much time I’ve got, I might pick something from the list below:
- Work small
- Create one page every day in my art journal
- Paint with only one colour a day (on several paintings)
- Make the same pattern in different sizes/colours on several paintings
- Organize my flat files … (works on paper need safe storage)
- Look through art books while having breakfast/ before going to bed
- Mix the perfect colour to get on with a WIP (work in progress)
- Make quick sketches
- Play with ideas
- Make collage
- Design my own patterns
- Make my own collage material
- Try something new
- Paint edges of finished canvases
- Look at my unfinished paintings from new angles, or in the mirror
- Read about art
- Listen to art podcasts
- Watch and learn from MoMa or Louisiana (classes)
- Scroll some of my art groups to see what my colleagues are doing
- Daydream about my next art project
- Clean or tidy up a part of my messy studio
- Re-arrange part of my studio
- Order supplies
- Write poems
- Go for a walk and study the world around me
- Meditate upon an unsolved painting
- Make plans for my next exhibition (whenever that will be)
- Collect ideas for blog texts
- Write blog texts
- Put my work out on social media
- Join an art challenge
- Journal about my own art
- Photograph or scan some of my work
- Brush up my website (research other artists websites/blogs)
- Research galleries and/or art fairs to sell my work
- Enjoy my studio, invite friends over for a workshop
- Visit museums and galleries
- Hang out with other creative people
- Have fun!
Time is a friend
But most of the time I pet my cat and water my plants…
Time isn’t short, time is forever, it has always been there and it will continue. Time is not an enemy. Time is a friend. It is universal and eternal. If you spend your time well, you will feel good! So pet your cat or do whatever makes you happy!
Gotta go, Mr Cat is calling for me…