Inspiration Fridays! Does Your Art Make The To-Do List?

Infinity - 36"x72" - oil on panel - Gabriel Mark Lipper

Does your art make the to-do list?

When you get up in the morning, what’s the first thing that jumps into your mind?

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” – Pablo Picasso

For me, it’s usually a catalog of the days’ “to-dos”. Boring I know.

The needs come first. Needs of the family, our work, needs around the house, or from our community. What about passion? Did it make the list today?

How do we give the things we love to do priority? One great way to move your art up on the list is to build in some accountability. Creating some urgency around your ritual of art-making is a powerful way to make sure that you’re carving out some time in the studio.

Infinity - 36"x72" - oil on panel - Gabriel Mark Lipper

Infinity – 36″x72″ – oil on panel – Gabriel Mark Lipper

When I’m teaching a class or taking a workshop, I’m going to show up. I owe it to the other people enrolled to give it my best. Maybe it’s just mental trickery, but sometimes this is exactly the inspiration that I need to make my best work. Several of the paintings that I sold this year were even demos!

So if you are guilty of letting life get in the way of your life, create a deadline! Host an open studio, submit your work for a show, take a workshop, or tell your best friend that you are going to have 10 new paintings finished and ready by August.

Treat your art with the respect that it deserves, and get it done. Your world will thank you.

What if you had to show up for your art?
Can your creatively make you a better person?
Join the conversation and leave your thoughts in the comments!

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