Disclaimer: This article is aimed at people who are professional artists or want to be professional artists.
Sometimes, I have times when I don’t feel like doing art. Yesterday was one of those days. Today might be one, too. So what do I do when I have those days? Do I say, “Oh, I don’t feel like doing art, so I won’t do it”? Nope. That’s not what I do.
I’ll sit down with my sketchbook and draw whatever in my vicinity happens to catch my eye. Yesterday, it was my trash can. A few days ago, it was a paint palette. I don’t put pressure on myself to make a masterpiece. The only important thing is that I create something.
Here’s the thing, though. I can sit down, not wanting to draw, and ten minutes later, I do not want to stop because I’m focused on the lines and shadows I want to depict. Using the hatching technique to draw the shadows, especially the arc-shaped ones, in the palette's wells was a lot of fun.
Sometimes, if I have a project and I’m not feeling motivated to work on it, I’ll find one thing I can do, even if it’s just painting a shadow somewhere, and once I’ve done that, I’ll notice something else I can do on it, and so on. I could sit down thinking I'm only going to paint for ten minutes and be at the easel for an hour.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife