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


David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

A new piece from  a new series called "A Room Full Of Ghosts", mixed media on wood, 24” x 18”  

“One must really be engaged in order to be a painter. Once obsessed by it, one eventually gets to the point where one thinks that humanity could be changed by painting.” ~ Gerhard Richter

Whatever you’ve got going on in your life, (and it is a sure bet that it is a lot), try and create anyway.

You have to make creating a priority. You have to choose to create. No one is going to make sure that you get out in your studio and paint, draw, sculpt, or whatever it is that you love to do.

You are your own accountability partner. If you don’t do your creative work, it doesn’t get done. There are no such things as “creativity fairies” who magically appear late at night and work on your paintings. As much as we would love that. {Smile}

You have to create. You have creative work to do. Your creativity matters. You have to create anyway. Regardless of whatever else is going on in your life. You must create anyway despite all of the distractions, obstacles and obligations that invade your day.

How do you do this?

Passion, purpose, intention, love, obsession, because you have to, and because you have no choice. (And just a little bit of selfishness).

If we wait for the perfect time to create, we will be waiting forever. If we wait for inspiration, we will be waiting forever. If we wait for a 4 hour block of time, we will be waiting forever.

Don’t wait.

Paint when it is time to paint. Better yet, set up a regular daily or weekly painting schedule and stick to it. No matter what. You deserve it and so does your creativity.

We can always find an excuse.

Create anyway.

Best, David






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