People tell me they need to be in the right mood to create.
They emphatically state they are too busy or not in the right headspace to make art.
Don’t wait until you’re in the mood; create to get in the mood.
Saying you’re too busy is a copout. Busy is an easy excuse most people hide behind to avoid doing something.
Yes, I’m one of them. Fifteen minutes a day to practise French on Duolingo? Surprisingly busy for that. Yoga self practice? Weeks can go by between sessions, even though I know my body will feel a lot better for it. “How to Break the Habit of Being Yourself”? Yep, that was title of the book I bought and read three chapters before I became too busy. Obviously I haven’t broken the habit yet.
Apart from the full-time professional artist, most artists (emerging and passion artists) have another job that pays to keep the lights on. They have kids to look after, dinners to cook, aging parents to drive to doctors’ appointments… Life fills their days too.
They’re busy, but they make the time. They do this because they know it will recharge them, relax them, invigorate them and reset them. What drives them to carve out the time is the knowledge that creating will enable them to be in the right headspace. They’ll be able to deal with life and the conflicting demands on their time and emotions.
Art has been proven to enhance moods and emotions, as well as our psychological and physiological wellbeing:
“There is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.”
Extract from “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature” by Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH.
I do not love everything I paint. Sometimes it is my form of meditation, other times there is a vibrancy and positivity – the music blares and it’s hard not to bop and paint at the same time (not a good combination!). There are paintings that are never seen by anyone but me. Sometimes these are reworked or painted over. It’s cathartic.
Stop being so hard on yourself.
Slap some paint on a canvas, bash a block of clay, scribble with a fistful of pencils, twist and shape wire into submission, stitch together disjointed elements, tickle out a tune on your piano.
Create in any form your heart tells you to.
Art is for you. No one else ever needs to see it.
Don’t limit yourself or your artistic release based on preconceived ideas and the fear of what others may think.
There is no perfection in art. There is growth, adaption, lessons, developments and discoveries.
You are important and your time is precious. Don’t waste it on tasks that are not deeply and fundamentally important to you and your positive headspace.
“Breathe In Spring” Click photo to see painting details