I’m back with another art productivity tip for you and that’s shift your focus.
Now I’m guessing there are probably some people out there who like to work on one thing until it’s finished and move on to the next. If that’s you and you like to work that way, I’m not telling you to change.
However, I know, for me personally, when I’m trying hard to adjust something, I can work a long time and not feel like I got anything done. It’s times like that I find it necessarily to put that aside and work on something else, to give myself the feeling that I accomplished something.
For example, on my current painting, I’d been working on the skin for quite some time, but I still wasn’t happy with it. So instead of continuing to fiddle with it, I told myself I’ll put aside, I can go back to it later, and for now, I’m going to work on the eyes
and the lips that night.
I wanted to know if I was the only who feels this way, so I asked some other artists if shifting focus makes them feel more accomplished and these are the responses I got.
…when I'm working on a piece and I've got different areas completed to different levels, I feel like I'm adding a lot more to the areas that are less completed than the ones that are closer to being finished.
This happens to me all the time! I always feel I’m “all over the place” when I’m working on something, but I just have to constantly change focus and adjust things as I go along
I get frustrated with one spot so I move to another. When I come back, I feel like I'm seeing it with new eyes
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Painter of portraits and wildlife