Here are eight simple tips for your own art making.
1. Create a work schedule and stick to it. Schedule a time of the day to work that is your peak energy time. It is a myth that artists create art only when inspired.
2. Create long term and short term goals for yourself. Keep a log of your activity to monitor progress.
3. Keep a sketchbook for ideas so that you will be ready when you enter the studio.
4. Keep the chatter out of the studio by turning off cell phones, e-mails, and social media.
5. Move on if you feel stuck, especially if you are a perfectionist.
6. Working frequently with short work times helps you keep in touch with your project ( and the hours add up!).
7. Find a trigger to start your work time such as making coffee or playing music.
8. Think of this time as a play time. It won't seem like work and may give you insight for ideas for your long projects.
|Painting by Karen Matheis http://www.woodcuts.org/|
Karen is a working artists who teaches in Shawnee Mission and who lives in Lawrence Kansas. She presented this topic in a workshop at the 2013 KAEA Fall Conference. Her blog is Larryvilleartists.blogspot.com