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CREATE GOOD HABITS

David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

"I am lucky enough to be present at the creation of most of my pictures".

~Max Ernst


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.

Best,

David