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Make Time, Save Time

"A Good artist has less time than ideas.” -Martin Kippenberger
Have you ever had something that you're just dying to paint? It usually seems to work out that when you have the idea and the motivation for a painting, you don't have the time. Something in your personal life comes up, you have deadlines to meet, client work is rolling in, or something else is keeping you from having the time to scratch that itch.
Let me tell you, those can be some of the most frustrating days in the studio. Your mind is wandering and roaming from your commissioned pieces. There is a lackluster feeling in your day-to-day tasks. Now, you're still giving your best effort, but the feeling behind the effort is missing.
Here's a secret - make the time to save your time.
I know, I know, easier said than done, but if you allow yourself a few minutes (maybe even an hour) to just get started, it will alleviate your mental block on all of your other work. You need to reward your inner artist in some way.
There is no truer rule for nourishing your inner artist than this: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
Remember it. Memorize it. Repeat it in your mind. Your inner artist needs the opportunity to paint freely. You need to paint for yourself sometimes too.
Now, if you have the idea, the motivation, and the time and are only lacking the skill, PAINT IT ANYWAY! I promise you can come back to it and repaint it the way you want. Except now, you have a bookmark for your idea and a measuring stick for your progress.
The moral of the story is make the time, the skill will come, and remember to paint for you.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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