Create a Vision Board on a Wall
- Create a vision board on a wall. Visualizing your ideal studio space is an important part of the process, so it’s helpful to create a physical representation of what you want to achieve.
- Use your favorite images and words to create your visual representation of what you want to achieve. For example, my vision board included images from nature (a deer in the woods), inspiring quotes (e.g., “there is no greater luxury than being able-bodied”), and symbols that represent my personal values (e.g., yoga poses).
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes.
I know you’re used to seeing artists as risk-takers, but the reality is that most of us are just really curious people. We have a lot of ideas and we like to try them out. Sometimes those ideas don’t work, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t worth trying in the first place. Making mistakes can help you learn how to do something better next time—and if your mistake turns into something beautiful or interesting while you’re at it, even better!
Give Yourself Room to Play and Experiment.
In my studio life, I’ve found it important to give myself room to play and experiment. Sometimes I can be afraid of doing something new or different than what I’ve done before because it feels risky (or even scary). But if you want your work to keep growing, you need to be open-minded about trying new things—even if that means taking risks and making mistakes along the way.
Spend Time Just Looking at Things.
I believe that everyone should spend time just looking at things.
As artists, we tend to be people who are in constant motion: our minds are whirring with ideas or we’re working on something specific (or both). Sometimes it’s hard for us to stop moving long enough so we can actually see what’s happening around us. When this happens, try turning off the TV or putting away your phone—anything that might distract you from focusing on taking everything in visually. Then ask yourself: “What do I see? What does this mean?”
Find a Place For Your Art Supplies That Inspires You, So You Always Know Where to Find Them.
To find a place for your art supplies that inspires you, consider the following:
- Pick a surface. Where will your supplies be stored? Consider how much space you have to work with and whether it needs to be easily accessible or hidden away.
- Choose containers. What kind of container(s) should you use? Will they hold pencils, paintbrushes, paper and/or pens? Do they need to be portable so you can bring them along with you on an art outing? How many do you need (i.e., one for each color of paint)? How big should the containers be (i.e., big enough for all your supplies)?
- Consider where it’ll go in your house—and how easy it will be to clean up when done!
Think About What Motivates You to Get Started and Keep Going.
- Think about what motivates you to get started and keep going.
- Make a list of your goals and write down what you want to accomplish. What do you want from your studio practice? What keeps you motivated?
- Stick with it! You can’t expect overnight results—building a successful art career takes time, dedication, and perseverance. Be patient with yourself as well as others who may doubt or criticize your efforts along the way. If needed, seek out mentors who have succeeded at what they’re doing if possible; ask them how they’ve done it successfully so far!
I hope this article has inspired you to make some changes in your life. Whether it’s finding a better place for your art supplies, making time to play with them more often or setting up a vision board – there are lots of great ideas here that will help you find success as an artist.
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