Lack of action is one of the biggest problems that most artists deal with because, we get a great idea in our heads for the perfect drawing, painting or sculpture but then that idea fades away because we didn’t do anything with it.
Being an artist is great but unless we do something with our ideas, we will never get anywhere with our art that’s why in this blog post I will share with you several ways you can take your ideas and turn them into art.
“Everything Begins With An Idea.” – Earl Nightengale
Step 1 – Have A Place To Store Your Ideas
In today’s world of multiple distractions it’s so easy to get distracted and lose great ideas for the artwork that you want to create. To avoid losing those golden ideas it’s important for you to have a place to keep them with you wherever you go.
My way of keeping track of ideas is email. I’ve created a 2nd email account that I use just for emailing myself my ideas so that when I think of something that I’d like to do with my art I email it to myself instead of thinking about the idea then forgetting it later.
For you, if the idea of emailing yourself seems “weird” then you might want to consider using the notepad on your phone or electronic device. You could also use a small note pad to take with you wherever you go but these days it’s easier to do everything on the phone so you may want install an app on your phone that you use just for keeping your ideas.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretzky
Step 2 – Take Action With Those Ideas
Now that you have a system or way of tracking your ideas, the next step is to actually do something with them.
One of the best tools that I use to take action with my ideas is putting them down onto my calendar because, if the idea goes to my calendar it becomes a task that I have to accomplish.
- Buy new paints
- Start laying out a new painting
- Create drawings for next paintings
You know the things that you have to do to take action with your art so don’t be afraid to add those tasks to your calendar and actually start making moves to accomplish them.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle
Step 3 – Complete The Tasks That You Schedule For Yourself
Last of all, but most important, you actually have to complete the tasks that you’ve scheduled for yourself. This may be the most difficult task of all for some people because adding tasks to a calendar is easy, but actually accomplishing them is another story.
To avoid getting distracted when it comes to taking action you should focus on eliminating distractions when it comes time to take action.
For example: when you’re painting, drawing, or creating your art you should leave your phone in the other room or close the door so that nobody can walk in and distract you from working on your artwork.
That’s all for now! What are some of your favorite methods that you use to be more productive in your artwork or life in general? Feel free to leave me a comment below! You can also follow me on Facebook by clicking here.