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Well, I could start off this posting by saying that I was going to write a post about procrastination… but, never got around to it. It’s an old one, but I like old corny jokes (especially really bad puns). However, this is about my art work and things that I have to work through.
Now, having a day job and lots of family obligations really gets me tired, by the end of the day. I get home, play with the doggers, cook dinner, etc. - by 6:30, I’m beat (especially if it was a long day at work). Nothing like sitting down in front of the TV (I do like TV… especially cartoons or a good chick flick) or flipping open my iPad to read Facebook or an actual book. I could do that… or I could paint… or I could draw. There’s just something comforting about lying there and doing nothing. Some nights, I do just that.
However, there are several tricks that I do to convince me that I have to paint (even though I love to paint and draw, the couch-monster is a powerful beast!).
1) In my studio (which is my living room), I already have everything set up for my next painting or my current painting. In the cabinet, is a bin that has my paints. So, for me to start painting, it’s a matter of walking to the easel, putting some paint on my palette and I’m ready to work.
2) I always have a painting-in-progress of an empty canvas sitting on the easel. There’s nothing like guilt to get you started. When I’m waffling between painting or just laying there (There’s some days that I’m just too tired to paint), I notice the painting and that gives me enough energy to go to the easel and get to work. Especially, if I’ve gotten past the ugly phase of a painting and it’s starting to look pretty good.
3) I put myself in situations where I HAVE to paint. Since this is not my primary career, I have the luxury of not depending on my sales for rent. However, I usually set up a number of shows or art fairs where I have to have paintings to show/sell. In addition, I need to supply my galleries with new work. When a painting takes about 2 – 5 days to paint and a month to dry (bare minimum) and you only have 3 hours or so a night, then it’s amazing how motivated you become to meet your deadlines.
4) When painting outside, I have my backpack and gear all set to go. if the mood strikes me and I’ve got the time, it’s a matter of just grabbing the packs and going. No gathering of materials or loading the car. Simple and easy. This is especially true if I don’t have a ton of time, I’ll just grab the pack and go to my front yard to paint.
As mentioned earlier, I don’t have to paint and my income is not dependent on it. However, if I want to get better, I have to put in the brush time. The easier that I can put in that time, the better, over time, I will get.
Editor's Note: You can view Doug's original post here.