When I first got started as an artist I had no problem sitting down to draw, paint, or create new artwork using any medium I could find but I quickly learned that for other artists the creative process wasn’t that easy because they let excuses get in the way for why they can’t create new artwork.
“I can’t paint because my studio is unorganized”
“I can’t work on my artwork because I don’t have the paints that I need”
“I’m going to work on my art after I watch the latest episode of my favorite TV show”
Every year the excuses are always the same but the sad thing is that as artists, we are only getting older and have less results to show for our years because we begin to believe the “self talk” in our heads for why we can’t create artwork.
25 Years Gone In The Blink Of An Eye
2019 will make 25 years that I’ve been creating artwork and even though I’ve not sold a lot of work over the years, I’ve never stopped creating new work each year because it’s what I love doing more than anything.
Unfortunately, during the last 25 years I’ve seen some artists come and go because they’ve made excuses for why they can’t create new work and they let other things get in the way of them producing art.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
One person why comes to mind is the guy I was first inspired by to become an artist. He had all of the talent in the world to do anything with his art and he also had plenty of studio space to work but whenever I asked him if had painted anything lately his answer was always the same.
“I can’t create art because my studio is not organized”
The excuses lasted for years until I finally stopped asking if he was painting or not and realized that unless it was a priority in his life, it probably wasn’t going to happen for him.
How To Get Unstuck In Life
It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, writer, or anything else in life, the keys to getting unstuck and start creating your “work” once again is to do the following:
- Make it a priority – Don’t go to bed each night without doing some of the work that’s important to you.
- Stop wasting time – We all have things that waste our time in this day and age, this includes gaming, movies and more. If you start eliminating things that are unproductive in your life you will realize that you have more time to do the things that matter to you.
- Don’t look at the problem, look for solutions to the problem – Everyone has their own fair share of problems that stop them from doing what they really want to do in life. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the problem, learn to start looking at solutions for your problem.
- Recruit an “accountability” partner – Find someone who supports your goals and will hold you accountable for accomplishing them. This person should be someone who doesn’t support your excuses and will encourage you to accomplish what’s important to you in life.
So what’s your goal? Are you an artist who is struggling to create? Feel free to leave me a comment below!