|'Valley Floor-Canyon de Chelly' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I am not quite finished but I was itching to get to the easel and paint something.....anything! I knew that if I got involved in the studio organizing the day would pass without a chance to paint. So I painted first! I decided to work on a piece of rust colored matboard that I had prepared with a coat of clear gesso.
|prepared mat board with clear gesso and initial drawing|
I knew that using this slightly rough surface would allow me to be loose and expressive with my marks. I wouldn't be able to get tight details so it would be the perfect surface to work on with limited time.
I feel relieved that I got my painting done and now I can go back to the organizing!
I was motivated to paint today but this is a discussion we had on the trip.....how does an artist get or stay motivated to paint when there is so much else going on to provide distractions?
|closeup showing the surface texture of the board|
- Keep your supplies organized and accessible. Set aside space to paint where you can leave supplies out and ready.
- Have papers/boards cut and ready. Keep a pile ready.
- Have a selection of painting ideas/photos ready.
- Set a timer for 30 minutes or less....depends on how much time you have. Whatever amount of time you can spend is better than none at all. limited time shouldn't be an excuse. Use it to your advantage.
- Set a goal and choose a reward for achieving it.... for example treat yourself to a new pastel for every daily painting you do in a month. (hmmmm I really like this idea!)
The above tips can help you make painting more often easier but ultimately it is up to you.....you need to WANT it badly enough to make the time to do it. It had to be an internal motivation and not just because someone tells you it will be good for you!
How do you stay motivated to paint?