CREATE GOOD HABITS
"I am lucky enough to be present at the creation of most of my pictures".
It is essential for artists to create good habits. It's all about creating a nourishing environment that helps build momentum. Momentum is a very powerful thing. More powerful than you might think. It can be hard to get started, but when you do, you create momentum, and momentum can be a game changer. Momentum can be a powerful foe against distractions, stressors, the rigors of daily life and momentary setbacks.
Start with creating a work space that you love to be in and paint in. Whether it is your own studio (maybe it's time for an overhaul), a converted garage, a spare bedroom, or the kitchen table.
Creating good habits could involve:
~ Establishing a regular painting schedule and sticking with it no matter what
~ Working with materials that you love on surfaces that you love
~ Picking subjects and ideas that fascinate you
~ Adopting techniques, methods and processes that engage you
~ Caring about the details of your process
~ Not letting things, people or circumstances distract you
~ Working on several paintings at the same time to keep preciousness at bay
~ Keeping a journal next to where you paint so you can jot down ideas as they come to you
~ Stepping back from your work often in order to really see what is going on
~ Taking frequent, short breaks in order to stay fresh and energized
~ Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water
~ Listening to music that inspires you or letting silence work it's magic
~ Allowing yourself to be inspired and by being inspiring to others
~ Taking lots of risks and making lots of mistakes
~ Trying things (Saying yes more than saying no)
~ Making notes at the end of a painting session about what to do to your paintings the next day
~ Working hard and loving every minute of it
Create good habits, establish a nourishing environment and build momentum.
What are some of your best, good habits? I'd love to know.