How to make time for art, daily

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.


5. Communicate

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.

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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!”

Love Sketching & Painting



14 thoughts on “How to make time for art, daily

  1. As a full time worker with a fairly long commute and family demands when I get back the only time I could allocate was at the start of the day.

    Whilst it may sound daunting to start the day earlier I found that by taking the approach of “slow increments” is the way to get into the swing of things. If you usually get up at 7am and directly set the alarm for 05:30 you’re almost certainly fail, however if you set your alarm for 5-10 mins earlier each day then it’s absolutely achievable. In fact, I found that I’d often be switching off the alarm before it went off and with a clear plan in mind of what I was going to draw.

    Slow and steady increments is the key. Form habits with the smallest possible increments and the least amount of pressure and you won’t even realise.

    Paul Foxton on the “Learning To See” website coined a phrase to help new starters to drawing, it was called “JOYS” which stood for Just Open Your Sketchpad. And it was really that simple to start off a daily drawing habit, from the start time you literally just open your sketchpad and smile – that action alone is enough to get the brain into thinking that it’s a rewarding daily action and doesn’t require you get up any earlier.

    Of course, it won’t be long before you’ll want to make marks and looking for ways to get an additional 5 mins, 10 mins, 2 hours, etc. into your day to fulfill your desire for mark-making. 😀

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    1. Hi Steve,

      Exactly my point! Not every person can follow the same schedule purely because everyone has different obligations. You have to find a program that suits your private and professional life. And the most important thing is to organise a viable routine so you can follow it without struggling. As you said, 5-10mins a day is something possible to do, while if you plan to add 2hours of art daily…obviously is not that easy.

      I personally find it easier to do art work a couple of hours after I finish from work. It is my way to relax after a stressful day. However, I appreciate that morning art can be very refreshing and can definitely “wake you up”.

      I am very pleased you actually think the same way I do and it is very motivating to know that you have even tighter schedule and you still manage to fit art in your daily life.

      Thanks for that,


    1. Yeah..I think it’s great if you can slot in a little bit of sketching between your other daily activities. I sometimes draw something quick to help me relax just before I go to bed. I will leave my radio on and just a spot light on my desk and spend 10-15min sketching. Different people have different routines; the important part is to find what suits you the best and stick to that program!


      1. Haha sounds reasonable! Someone recently told me they sketch early in the morning. Before kids wake up and before any other day activity takes place! That’s another interesting approach! 🙂


  2. Thanks for the great post . It’s so good to read your advice about sketching – I say many of these things to my art friends and I’m glad to know I’m not alone . I love to sketch and in my case , that’s pen and watercolour , done purely for my own pleasure. Well done with your exhibition !

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    1. Hello! Thank for your kind words. I find that sharing tips with others is beneficial in two ways. One, you provide help to peers and second you get to understand even better your art. I don’t really consider myself a guru or anything but I do enjoy talking to people about thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

      The exhibition was really nice, it’s a shame a recent one was cancelled because of the whole virus situation. I hope you are still motivated and keep drawing.

      I started using pencil and watercolor recently so I do share your excitement for the medium. Truly interesting works can be made!!


      1. All of the exhibitions I am involved in this year have just been cancelled – it’s a difficult time for us all right now. But I won’t give up creating , I’m too driven !

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