Image: line study of Diego, graphite on paper, Kelly Foss
What do you want? What do you want? What do you want? … What do you want?! -Noah, The Notebook (Nicolas Sparks Movie)
Time is short, especially when you’ve hired a model, so you want to make the most of your time. But while drawing or painting there’s a frustration that can build from things not turning out right, or fast enough. Have you had that feeling? Frustration blocks creativity, and stalls your progress. I get frustrated when the drawing on my paper isn’t living up to the vision in my head. I learned this unbelievably simple trick a while back to alleviate this waste of time; when I arrive at my easel I ask myself “What do you want?”. And “perfection” is not an allowed answer. I encourage you to try this! Set a realistic goal, something simple and singular that you know you can achieve in the time you have.
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! -Benjamin Franklin
Studies show that we raise our stress levels and reduce our productivity by as much as 40% when we multitask! Do you have only an hour for art? Set a goal of focusing solely on light & shadow, or diagonal lines; something simple. These “boundaries” will help you not feel overwhelmed. Have a month for a project? Set 4 goals, and then work on 1 each week. Don’t like structure, or feel like you need a break? Set your goal as: Just have fun!
People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. – Earl Nightingale
Same as how frustration can block creativity, expectations met can inspire you to new heights! Whether you have 30 minutes or a year to work on your art, it’s not about avoiding challenge but about setting yourself up for success.
Do you have an aim in mind when you work on a project? Is it always the same objective? Please share in the comments below.