I often blog and talk about what I want to do as an artist but rarely share what I’m doing to achieve my goals. Before I start this post I want to introduce you to “Wilma”. Wilma is a 2007 Jeep Wrangler my wife and I enjoy when we need to get out of town and head for the hills (cue the Iron Maiden tunes). We purchased her bone stock, got her some new shoes, a frame chop front bumper, a winch, and some other goodies. She is our mobile fortress of solitude in an ever-annoying, busy, albeit noisy world filled with countless responsibilities and overwhelming adult issues. Wilma is our escape from reality more than you may know.
My 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Wilma – © Michael Warth
Grab a tasty drink, find a quiet place, and read on if you’d like to know more about what makes me excited to be making art and what a decade-old Jeep has to do with any of it.
Ever feel like you are always rushing to get artwork done? Wether working for a client on a photography assignment, painting that commission, or simply carving out a few hours each day to make art for yourself, you need to make time or you’ll never make the art in your head.
My studio desk – Simple but it works. © Michael Warth
For me at least, getting in the studio is a major first step. Many of you may have to get out of the house, grab gear from a closet, or something else, but that first step is probably your biggest hurdle. If the anxiety to make art is strong, and you never seem to have the time, try the following:
- Give yourself one hour everyday to go to your studio and make art. Even it your studio is the dining room table – just go there and make art.
- Explain to the people around you that you do love to spend time with them, but you also need to make art. Some people don’t understand why we can stay inside and make art when its 75 degrees and beautiful outside.
- When you get lazy and can’t muster the energy to make art when you also know you’ll enjoy it, go ahead and take that hour to doodle, write, or simply go to the studio. You’ll be surprised how well your body associates the space as a place to be creative. Sometimes, just getting off the couch, away from the TV or other distractions can help.
- Take a walk – go outside and just go for a walk.
- Create a personal project, set a deadline, and make art. If you want three paintings of apples in a bowl, then start the project. If you are a photographer and need to make some pictures, go to the park and find a theme, take some pictures and tell a story. Just give yourself a project, and a deadline and get to it.
We all get stuck, and life has a way of pulling the creative muse right out of us. You will find an hour a day may increase to more but ultimately, you will be making art regularly. And that is the goal!
Photographers – If you can’t carve an hour today because your at work, and have other responsibilities, use the camera in your pocket (you know, the overpriced telephone that you almost never use to make a call anymore). Any camera will do, just use something to make pictures.
Painters/Drawers – Keep a sketchbook handy and you can draw or paint anywhere. Scrap paper and a regular ink pen will do the trick too.
You have no excuse these days not to make art. Many times, I simply come up here to my studio and stare at my computer or bang out a worthless post only to delete it or save it for another day. I’ll sketch, I’ll take pictures with my iPhone, I’ll simply enjoy being in my creative space. I hope this post moves you to make art and keeps you from having the anxiety of never getting to make art. Have a great day!