5 Ways to Regain Your Creative Rhythm
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5 Ways to Regain Your Creative Rhythm
Have you ever felt like you've lost your motivation as an artist? These tips from renowned artist Jean Haines can help you get your groove back and keep it up.
Artists love to paint. It is in our souls. There is constant room to create our impulses with a sense of urgency to express ourselves in the chosen medium. But what happens when our motivation begins to fade or disappear altogether? It is a real possibility. It is known to many lifelong artists who no longer enjoy painting as they used to, even though they had successful artistic careers. Is it possible to exhaust creativity?
I am often asked how do I stay motivated and how do I stay inspired by my artistic practice. I think I was lucky because I had the opportunity to study multiple forms of art. My career as a botanical artist began and I eventually developed my painting style, which has continued to evolve over the years. This distinctive style and my general enthusiasm for the medium of watercolor has led to a busy schedule of enthusiasm in workshops.
However, despite my hectic and exhausting schedule, I stay motivated by acknowledging, then prioritizing, and balancing my creative and personal needs. Here are five tips to help you do the same!
1. Realistic of the sea.
As artists, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to create (pressure and motivation don't mix at all). There is a great deal of stress involved in having to meet deadlines for art societies, exhibitions, art galleries, even writing or teaching. So well a heavy workload can be a good problem, it can also be overwhelming and affect your willingness to pick up a brush. If painting is invited in a task rather than a way to fuel your passion, the results will be reflected in your work (and not in a good way). Don't take on too much at once or commit to separating deadlines that will add unnecessary stress and pressure to your life. Approach painting and your artistic career in a way that suits your lifestyle. Be honest with yourself about what you can (and cannot) do. Set realistic goals and set priorities.
2. Learn something new.
Take a break from your usual routine and paint something completely different from time to time. For me, this usually means creating summaries, testing products that you haven't worked with before, or intentionally selecting coloring that I would normally avoid. This element of adventure always takes me to the beginning of my artistic career, when everything was new and exciting. The heady feeling of not knowing what might happen sticks with me when I return to more familiar ways of working and often gain insights that can be applied to putting new compositions.
3. Be selfish.
Set a time during which you slow down and paint something for yourself, just because you want to. It doesn't matter what theme or medium you used, as long as it's something you hope to paint. Observed to finish the part within a predetermined time limit. That way, you feel like you've accomplished something, even if you only painted for 30 minutes. After all, any time spent painting to regain motivation is better than not painting at all.
4. Coat connected.
Even if you don't feel like painting, that doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying art. There are many ways to stay connected to your craft, whether by looking at art-related sites online or visiting art galleries and museums. Take some time to study the old masters or explore what's new in the art world. Learn how other artists create and let their passion revive yours. You will start to feel frustrated again, not from a lack of motivation, but from not having enough time to paint.
5. Be gentle with yourself.
Many of us are guilty of putting everyone and everything else before our own needs. It took me years to realize that I have options. If I am too busy or tired to create, there is only one responsible person: myself. Never feel guilty about how or when you pick up your brush but try to find a way to paint so that each creative session is quality time spent achieving results that you can be proud of. I emphasize the word "you" for a reason. Your time mattered. Well, the star mattered. You matter.
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