Change Your Way of Thinking as an Artist
I am an artist and a full time digital designer. I know the struggle of trying to find time for your art – especially when you’re exhausted and drained from the work day. It is easy to make excuses, and I caught myself doing this more than I like to admit. The way I decided to get out of this slump? To change my way of thinking.
#1 Not everything has to be a masterpiece.
Art is personal, you seclude yourself for hours making what you hope to be your next masterpiece. When your hopeful masterpiece starts not going as planned it is easy to feel discouraged. There are countless times when I have completely wiped my canvas clean out of frustration, even after hours invested. The good news is – not everything has to be a masterpiece. Each painting, drawing, photograph or whatever it might be makes you a better artist – if that isn’t time well spent than I don’t know what is.
#2 Stop being your worst critic.
As artists we tend to be overly critical of our own work. What you think is an unsuccessful attempt may turn out to be someone else’s dream work of art. Always remember, art is subjective. Sometimes the best decision to make is to get a new perspective. Share your work– you may be surprised at what you find.
#3 Stop comparing yourself to other artists.
Each artist is different – one artist’s strength can be another artist’s weakness. My recommendation is to own it. I will never be the best photorealistic painter, and guess what? I am okay with that. The day you stop trying to be like other artists is the day you start creating your own creative identity.
Try to integrate these ways of thinking when starting your next art piece – who knows what will come out of it. If nothing else, you will definitely have a lot more fun.