MAKING TIME FOR MAKING ART
This is more like it. It’s a little stiff, but I love the tension between the line and the brushstrokes. I increased the size a little bit. Maybe that helped. Mixed media on wood,
16” x 12” © 2017 David Limrite
“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something because, of course, art is about sharing. You wouldn’t become an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought. I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense we are the same, we are one.”
David Hockney, Artist
Making Time For Making Art
As you know, I have taught and mentored artists for years now. And, the number one issue that comes up over and over is “TIME”. Making time to create, taking the time to create, and creating regularly and consistently are huge blocks for many artists.
OK, first a little tough love.
If you truly consider yourself an artist and you call yourself an artist, then time is probably not an issue for you.
If you are truly passionate about creating and making stuff, then time is probably not an issue for you.
If you are passionate about your ideas, subject matter, style, techniques, and processes, then time is probably not an issue for you.
If you would rather be in your studio than anywhere else, then time is probably not an issue for you.
If you sleep, breathe and eat art, then time is probably not an issue for you.
People comment to me all the time that it appears that I seem to be very productive, and they want to know how I do it. It’s funny to me because I don’t think I am that disciplined a lot of the time. And yet, at the end of the year, as I assess where I have been and where I am going with my art, I usually see that I have created a tremendous amount of work during the year.
Art making is a top priority for me, and it must be so, if I want to be a productive and creative artist.
I find that I have to be a bit selfish with my time. People in my life do not necessarily make it easy for me to take the time that is necessary to really create.
I have had to learn to say “NO”.
I have learned to tell myself, and others, that this is “MY” time to paint.
I have found that if I demonstrate to others how important it is for me to be painting, they will go out of their way to help and support me. (Mostly by staying out of my way and leaving me alone). I have also encouraged those that I love that it is OK for them to gently encourage me to get my butt out into the studio.
The most important thing that you can do for yourself, if you have trouble making time for making art, is to set up a regular weekly painting schedule, begin, and stick with it until it becomes a habit.
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