What do we have here?
It appears to be a blog article about art.
It appears I think I might have some advice. Isn’t that interesting?!
Bless you for stopping by. I hope I don’t bore you to tears.
Onward with a listicle of five tips for helping you make time for art. Because my loves, making time for art is actually something I know how to do! I hope you find the advice useful. If you don’t please don’t tell me.
1. Have a dedicated space for art
2. Have a dedicated time
3. Make the art that makes your heart sing
4. Don’t be beholden to romanticised ideals
Daydreaming about a sun-soaked holiday in the South of France where you paint en plein air every day does not a productive artist make. Your reality might be a small apartment with a window overlooking a brick wall in the middle of a noisy, dirty city. That’s your reality, and you can create art in it. Honestly you can.
Waiting to be in the perfect perceived environment in which to create art will result in very little art being made. Unless you’re particularly blessed, you probably will never have a dedicated studio. You might never go on holiday to the South of France. You might not even have the ability to make it to a nearby park. Let go of the the ideals, and embrace your reality. Don’t even have an easel? Put that canvas on a chair and paint that picture. Prop it up on some books against a wall. It honestly doesn’t matter. You are no less of an artist because you don’t have the ‘thing’, and you must not let ideals be a barrier to you making art.
My own space is so unromantic and far from ideal. It’s a dining table in a front room in a small house in England. It has terrible light. All I can see out the window is parked cars. I can hear my husband watching football (soccer if you must) in the lounge room. My brown cat is annoying. The pug continues to walk in and insult me. The space I have carved out is untidy and small and far from ideal. And yet I make art here almost every day.
Do not let your space, or lack of it, be a a barrier to making art. No, I can’t make huge canvas art in my art space. I’ll cross that bridge if I ever come to it. I haven’t yet and maybe I never will. What a liberating thought!