This lovely link from LINEA came across my Facebook news feed a few days back, and I immediately knew I had to print out a copy for my studio.
This is a great list for any artist to bite into.
I’d like to share some of the statements on the list, while adding some personal reflections.
16. Have a set of materials ready wherever you go.I have found this to be especially important, as I tend to procrastinate or forget to pack things ahead of time. If your city has Blank Canvas or Open Studio events, or you just want to hang out at a friend's studio and paint, having a kit at the ready could mean the opportunity to be out networking with art professionals in your community, instead of staying home with regrets.
18. Meet deadlines. Be better than your word.Something I admittedly struggle with. In the end, it is our work which speaks for us.
23. Go to sleep thinking about what you’re going to do first thing tomorrow.Speaking personally, if I don't have and idea in my head of how to start the next day, I tend to flounder about and waste more time trying to figure out what to do, than actually working on anything.
25. Find out the fewest material things you need to live.If you can afford to rent a studio or office or separate workspace, I applaud you. Moving piles and projects from workspace to living space and back again every day gets a little old, and quite frankly, clutters the mind.
26. Remember: Michelangelo was once a helpless baby. Great works are the result of heroic struggle.I frequently begin feeling intimidated rather than inspired when I've spent a little too much time on the web looking at images of artwork and gauging my interpretation of success against others. If I spent more time working it out on my canvases, and less time thinking about the monumental accomplishments of others, I might feel more inspired than intimidated. A simple reminder to take life one moment at a time, while being the best I can be.
54. If art is hard, it’s because you’re struggling to go beyond what you know you can do.Nothing hurts my brain more than trying to design a 2 or 3-color lino block print... while using 2 or 3 different blocks. It looks simple enough. I had a professor who kept telling us not to get comfortable. By pushing ourselves, we learn more, and we grow. I have to admit though, I do enjoy meditative simple art projects though. It's like Art-treats. Art-candy. Art-cake. Art-cookies. We mustn't fill up though.
58. Money is O.K., but it isn’t what life is about.A mantra.
63. Inspiration doesn’t come when you are idle. It comes when you have steeped yourself in work.This is so very true. Starting is sometimes dreadful, but once in 'the zone,' stopping is out of the question.
64. Habit is more powerful than will. If you get in the habit of painting every day, nothing will keep you from painting.I really need to test this. I'm sure I can set aside a couple of hours every morning to work on a painting before going about the day's agenda. Also, painting every day becomes routine, and routines are anything but "pomp and circumstance," and therefore the activity becomes just another one of those things you do, like brushing your teeth, having a coffee, or taking the dog for a walk.
75. Have a positive mindset when showing your work to galleries.I am convinced the phrase, "fake it till you make it," is the path to success for many people. Even if you think you're faking it, you've probably got way more cred than you're letting yourself believe. "Fake it till you make it," is one of my personal mantras that runs through my head whenever I'm nervous about doing something for the fist time. And you know what? It works. Let's face it, if you can pontificate on something, the words coming out of your mouth are coming from something in your brain that has been put there by your own personal experiences. I'm not saying lie to people, but if you're like me, you probably aren't giving yourself the credit you deserve, and being that modest probably isn't going to do you any favors when it's time to self-promote.
86. Structure your day so you have time for painting, reading, exercising and resting.This sentence could have stopped at "structure your day," and it still would have resonated with my desire to be a better and more productive worker. That being said, I can take the the remainder of the statement and apply it to make the rest of my day absolutely awesome.
-Numbered statements from, The Painter’s Primer: A Survival Kit, by Irwin Greenberg.
I highly encourage you to take the time to check the rest of this list out.
I think just about anyone would find it to be very inspirational.
What are some of your favorite points?