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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

I have creative work to do. And I am doing it. It feels great.

Momentum is very powerful.

Telling myself "I have creative work to do" every morning before I go into the studio sets a very positive tone for the days work ahead. It gives me purpose and meaning for what I am about to create, whatever that ends up being, on any given day.

"I have creative work to do" does not tell me specifically what I am supped to be creating or how I should be creating it. It is a statement that reminds me that it is time to show up in front of my easel and stay put long enough to make something happen. It is a statement that reminds me that I must create despite distractions, resistance and/or fear.

At this point you must find the confidence to go into the unknown, knowing that you can handle whatever the work throws at you. Confidently accept the realities of process, difficulty and effort.

"I have creative work to do" is a statement that reminds me that I must work no matter how difficult it might be that day. It reminds me to be ready to work and to commit to it. It reminds me to focus on the process, not the product. It reminds me to detach from the outcome.

"I have creative work to do" makes me stronger and more confident. It reminds me to persist rather evade the realities of process which can be quite challenging at times. Yes? However, avoiding the pain of process can lead to quitting or giving up which is not an option. Right?

How do you react to difficulty in your creative work?

I take lots of mini breaks. I get away from the work for a few minutes. I go outside and get a breath of fresh air. I stop and drink lots of water. You would be amazed at how much this helps. The important thing here is to return to your painting as soon as you can after the break. It is important to maintain momentum. Taking lots of short breaks during a painting session really helps to keep me fresh and focused. When I return to the painting, if I am still anxious, I will put on some calming music. If I am calm and relaxed I will either work in silence or if I feel that I need an energy boost, I will put on some upbeat music.


Try telling yourself this everyday. Especially on studio days.

Go ahead and give us what you've got. Don't hold back. Share your gifts with the rest of us.

Set up a regular painting schedule, if you are not already on one. A certain amount of hours and a certain amount of days per week.

Do not work only when you are inspired. Become inspired by working.