Staying motivated as an artist can be challenging, but it’s important because motivation can increase productivity and help you progress in your career. This means you’ll land more clients who will pay you to do what you love—create art. And that is the dream for many artists.
However, it’s not that easy to stay motivated all the time. In fact, you’re going to face slumps and might even feel burnt out at times. Read on to find out how you can eliminate this and keep yourself motivated.
Schedule More Focused Work Periods
It’s very common to feel motivated at the start of the project. This is where your idea is fresh, and the possibilities of making it come true are endless. However, once the initial euphoria wears off, you find yourself going through a tough phase.
If that’s the case, you’re not alone. There are plenty of artists that have rough sketches in their studios that never became more. But that doesn’t mean you have to halt the project completely. Instead, revive your interest in the project by scheduling some time to work only on this half-finished project. You can decide if you want to do it once a week or daily and for how long. The key is to commit to and not overburden yourself. If you stick to your schedule, you’ll see the results very soon.
You can find a group of like-minded artists and keep each other motivated, accountable, and inspired. You can get together virtually or in person, depending on your locations, and talk about all-things-art. Going through this alone can make you feel lonelier and more demotivated. You’re also more likely to spin out of control and stay stuck.
You can find your art friends on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platforms. There are plenty of groups for budding and seasoned artists that are sure to give you all the help you need.
Document Your Work
Whether you’re starting a Facebook page or creating your own blog, taking pictures of your work and posting them on these platforms will make you more accountable. Again, the key is to take it slow. You don’t have to post five times a day on your page. You can start with something simple like posting once or twice a week. Once you’re comfortable, you can move forward and post your work more often.
It’s certainly hard to keep up the drive, but by posting your work, you’re sure to make progress and stay motivated.
Lastly, show up. There will be days when you won’t have it in you to go to your studio. In those days, it’s even more important to go. Get in there, even if it is to make phone calls or organize your materials. Just spending time in the studio will encourage you to create and improve your productivity.
It’s important to make your studio a lively place so that you want to spend more time there. You can try hanging original paintings on the wall. Floral, scenic, and bird paintings are sure to light up your studio and make you feel more relaxed. You can check out our art collection for more. They’re painted by the owner, Zareena Qureshi, an award-winning artist! Contact us to learn more about us.