Always Rushed

Finding time to paint is often the most difficult part of being an artist – for me at least. One would think painting and making art would be the easiest. A few things that keep me from the easel…

  1. Household chores
  2. Social life (on and off-line)
  3. Laziness – Sometime I just want to binge-watch a series on Netflix.
  4. Too much planning and thinking about what I need before I start. Remember, perfection is the enemy of good. Just get started, perfection has a way of revealing itself and in art, there is no perfect image.
  5. Money – I really hate wasting paint and when I commit to squeezing it out of the tube, I intend to use it. Therefore, it is easy to talk myself out of painting because I don’t have the time to knock out a full session (3-5 hours). TIP: use a glass palette, use Glad Press and Seal to cover your paint if you need to stop and start your sessions hours apart or if you have something that comes up (like that grass mowing before the storm hits).

I only had an hour in the studio but plan to return in a few hours. The Glad Press & Seal will keep the paint wet enough to use later. © Michael Warth

All of these things involve time. If there was ample time set aside to make art, or at the very least a strict schedule for making art, I believe I could eliminate all five of the major things that keep me away from the easel. I’m sure there are a multitude of other reasons to procrastinate, I just wanted to share my experience. Distractions and things out of our control also prevent us from making art but don’t sweat the things out of your control. I have found the frustration associated with things out of my control actually reduces available time because when I’m back in the studio I find myself anxious and at times angry from events out of my control. Why worry?

Have a great day, and make every moment in the studio count.