I was looking through my sketchpad the other day and seeing all the unfinished work I began to become increasing frustrated. Juggling life, work and art can be hard and there is not enough time to complete the art I would like. The summer holidays are a time when I often take time off to draw and have big intentions of filling sketchpads, drawing outside but the reality is a bit different.
I thought I would discuss pace and the idea that it is a race and the frustration that this can cause as it is often expressed by students I teach.
The I asked myself does it have to be finished? Why? I came to the conclusion that it was the starting that was most important.
Are you putting a lot of pressure on yourself to work at a certain pace? I know I have very unreasonable targets for myself. I set myself a project a week and sometimes it just isn’t possible to complete.
Smaller Tasks but Regular Tasks
I feel that I should be able to produce more and put a lot of pressure on myself which can lead to sleep deprivation and feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. I’ve now started setting myself much smaller tasks, which I try to do regularly as a habit. It is surprising what you can do in ten minutes if that is all you have.
Are you Comparing Yourself with Others?
It is often the case that we see art being churned out at great pace on Instagram by established full-time artists. It is a bad idea to compare yourself with others who may have all day to draw and paint while you are juggling many other responsibilities. Work at your own pace and try not to compare.
How do you manage art with life and find the time? Share your thoughts here…