5 Steps bringing you closer to art
If you are not a professional full time artist, you have most probably struggled at some stage to make time for art. Our daily routine can sometimes be tough and leave no space for anything else than work, family or other obligations. On the other hand, if you are reading this, it means that art provides you with a good shelter of relaxation and expression; and thus it is an important part of your life. How can we find the right balance though and incorporate art in our life daily? Well, it is not too complicated!
1. Make art part of your daily routine
If you are stacked with other obligations, making time for art can be quite challenging; an organised program can be very helpful. Allowing for a specific time slot for art during your day can make a big difference. When this activity is well defined it is actually easier to be strict to yourself and follow it. It could be an hour after work, an hour before you go to sleep or an hour with your partner instead of watching TV. Not the same program works for everyone so think well before you establish this routine. You might need to adjust as you go along…but definitely do not give up.
2. Be realistic and set viable targets
If you are a busy person, trying to fit 5 hours of art in your daily routine might be physically impossible; be realistic. The most important thing is to organise a viable program you can actually follow. Even if it is not doing art every day, at least set a routine and follow it. Also, making art doesn’t need to consume a whole evening. Even a quick sketch on your notebook can make the difference when you do it frequently. Do not get yourself disappointed by setting goals impossible to achieve.
3. Have continuity
As with most activities, it is much easier to come back to it if you have a sense of continuation. In other words, if you leave your art for a few months, it will get harder and harder to grab your brushes again. Tying up with the previous paragraph, it is better setting a realistic program you can follow (which keeps you in touch with your painting or drawing) rather than trying something too difficult and then giving up for months. If you have already left it for some time, don’t despair…you can always make a start by literally starting a small 5min doodle. Tomorrow, spend 10min and the day after try adding some extra detail in 20mins. In no time you will be back into it and if you keep spending a little bit of time every day this will keep your “art flame” alive.
4. See art everywhere
Art is not only ourselves using our brushes putting colour on a canvas; art is all around us and we need to appreciate that. Spend time looking at an exhibition’s window (or if you have a few extra minutes to spare…go in!). You will find this so refreshing and it will actually inspire you to try something new and different when you go home. Spend a few minutes reading an article or a book about art on your way to work. You will learn something new and it will motivate you to carry on with your own work. Spend sometime listening to a busker or observing a street artist; this is new input for you. You can either incorporate it to your art or just feed your mind with something beautiful. You are a step closer to making art part of your day.
Art is all about expression and it is a way of communicating feelings and ideas; treat it as such. Painting and sketching is not the only way to make art; part of it is actually exchanging ideas with like minded people. Find out how your friends and family think about art. Try to get feedback about your work from other artists. Speak about your art to other people and make sure you ask for their opinion. Interaction with artists or people who like art is fundamental in developing your style and improving your technique. Talking to people requires minimum time and trust me, it will keep your interest in art high and motivate you to develop further.
If not a full time artist, making time for art daily might be difficult but certainly not impossible. Make a small step at a time and see the bigger picture of being an artist. Do not stress too much…relax and enjoy every minute and aspect of art – it is so rewarding that surely worths this extra effort!
How do you manage making time for art? Let us know in the comments.
The Artist says:
“Starting painting and sketching is something magical and amazing. However, sometimes it can get a bit frustrating, especially in the first stages where you are not quite comfortable with media and techniques yet. It is quite important to organise yourself and set realistic goals. Improvement and progress is sure!”
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