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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

SHOW UP. BEGIN. STAY PUT.

David Limrite-Artist, Coach. Mentor, Teacher

Study for “New Wings”, mixed media on wood, 10”x 8”, Copyright David Limrite

“You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you can have, the better it is - unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far. “

~Alice Neel


If one of your New Years resolutions is to recommit yourself to your creativity, I have some thoughts for you.

SHOW UP. You’ve got to get yourself out into your studio and in front of your easel. On a regular basis. A painting doesn’t paint itself. {Smile} Set yourself up with a manageable, weekly schedule. And then stick to it. Don’t be afraid to be selfish with your time. People won’t think you are selfish. You will be admired and respected.

BEGIN. Dip your brush in some paint and apply that paint onto a canvas. You don’t have to have the perfect idea before you begin. Your preparatory drawing does not have to be perfect before you begin. You don’t even have to know what you are going to paint before you begin. Make a mark. And then another. The most important thing here is to begin.

STAY PUT. Stay at your easel until something happens. Keep at it. Making art requires time and hard work. Don’t quit prematurely. Don’t give up too soon. Don’t give up at all. Give yourself the gift of time in your studio. Keep working and let the painting unfold. It may take time, so remember to love the process. I work on two or three paintings at a time. If I get stuck on one particular painting, I work on another.

Its amazing what you can accomplish when you show up, begin and stay put.

Best,

David