So you think you have no time to paint? One of the things I learned doing the 31 in 31 challenge last month is that there really is always a way to carve out time to create art.
I spend a lot of time on my computer these days, e.g. working on my blog, connecting with members of the HowToPastel Facebook group, or developing my online courses. I often feel desperate for and incapable of finding time to get in my studio, but having done the challenge, I realize that’s a crock! It’s easy to make excuses about having no time to paint. So what to do about it?
So let’s say you only have 20 minutes. Grab a small item, anything. Grab a small piece of pastel paper; I’m sure you have bits and pieces floating around your studio. Grab your sketchbook and do a one-minute thumbnail. Then select a small set of pastels and get to work!
Me? I plopped down a bathtub plug on a handy piece of colourful paper, did a really quick thumbnail, and selected my Unison starter kit of 16 pastels. I looked around for a small piece of sanded paper and spied the UArt 400 scrap I’d been using to test pastels when working on my shoe series. Choosing this piece meant I could also show how, amazingly, pastel can cover pastel! I set the timer – 10 minutes – and got to work. (I had to reset the timer for another five minutes admittedly but I blame that on taking time for progression photos.)
Let’s take a look at how it all went.
I know it’s small, I know it’s not brilliant, but what it is is pastel on paper. And that’s waaaaaaaayyy better than just thinking about doing something, or thinking I have no time to paint.
It’s amazing how anything and everything can take us away from our art. Life has a way of distracting us from the essential thing we’re here to do, or from the thing that brings us joy, or even the thing that brings us accolades from others. I’m not sure why it is that we so often don’t create art first thing, before anything else.
If you think you have no time to paint, think again. Actually, stop thinking and go paint!!
I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment. Do you think you have no time to paint? Or do you paint every day? Do let me know 🙂
Until next time,