Art Goal 2: Take time to make / prioritize studio time

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Over the past two years I have been able to have a consistent art practice, which has been such a wonderful development in my life. When I was working as an art teacher, a few years out of having studied art, I hadn’t really been making regularly. It has been wonderful to get into a studio routine and to take time making on a daily basis. This has helped to stay in the flow.

Staying in the flow is key for me. I am so happy with how I have progressed in this area and have been so prolific the past two years and I am taking this dedication with me. I am excited to see the same faithfulness and fruitfulness in my art practice in decades to come. Using art to understand myself and my experience as a human has been an amazing vehicle of discovery. I am becoming more and more immersed in my curiosity conceptually, with themes of control and wild, but also diving further into materials and techniques.

When working on this goal, I will keep the ‘why’ in mind.

Why?

Studio time is what is going to bring my artwork forward and make the art strong. A consistent studio practice is what makes a prolific and brilliant artist. I am also addicted to the studio and it keeps me sane and happy.

A positive effect this goal will have on me is that I will grow and develop as an artist, and I will make art that will bring beauty and insight to collectors. My mental health and balance are going to stay positive. I know that after a few days of not being in the studio I get a bit down…

I will will feel pride when making new and exciting work. Growing as an artist and a business is a very satisfying thing.

The #Powersheets goal planner has helped me to break down my bigger goal into smaller goals. This way I can see the smaller steps I can to take to make progress. My starting steps are to make a move and put these things into action.

My mini goals…

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  • plan studio hours into my calendar

  • buy flowers for my studio regularly

  • get into the studio at least 5 days a week.

There are many things that can get in the way of studio time. Pretty much everything. Many wonderful things family, friends, Netflix, and some not so wonderful things like laundry and book-keeping, not to mention sickness, and general fatigue.

I have noticed this last year that spending 20 hours in the studio a week has made a huge difference in my art practice. I stay in the flow. I am able to keep making and moving because I am in the studio so often and working on a few pieces at once. I found that 6-8 hour days in the studio are good for me. If I go in to the studio to nest and work for 3 hours, take a break, and then return later for 3-4 hours. Those are my best studio days. My studio is a 5 minute bike ride from my home, so I am fortunate to be able to pop in and out for a few hours at a time.

When the newborn baby is here I will of course be taking as many weeks off as I need to recover and then my aim is to get back into a regular studio schedule. I will be hibernating in our bear den with our little baby and my recovering birth-goddess body.

Do you take time to make? Is creativity something that you want to prioritize this year?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna