If you caught my TV segment today on Studio40 LIVE, I shared that one of my 2020 goals is to create more art and how as a way to hold myself accountable, I’m participating in the #makingarteveryday challenge—a 365-day art challenge through Bardot Brush, which includes daily prompts and weekly encouragement emails from founder Lisa Bardot.
For a little more background on my journey with art and why it’s taken me nearly 20 years to get back to it, head to this post.
My hope in sharing my process is that it might encourage other “artists in hiding” to come out of their shell and start again or create for the first time ever. But honestly, no matter what your goal is (it doesn’t have to be art), the principle is the same: YOU JUST HAVE TO START!
It’s pretty remarkable what can happen when you put yourself out there and start going after your dreams. For example, within just a few short weeks of starting the #makingarteveryday challenge and sharing about it on Instagram (here + here), the following doors have opened…
- I sold one of my drawings…“ice cream sundae” from week 2…EEK!! (BIG goal right there!)
- I was asked if I’d want to participate in an art show this fall, to which I replied, “HELL YES!!” (another big art goal!)
- I got to share my art on TV!! (how cool is that?!)
- I was asked if I’d be willing to teach art lessons to a sixth grade class (another art goal is to start teaching workshops)
- I finally got the courage to take some of my “figures & florals” drawings (which I’d done last year, before starting this challenge) into Hindman Fine Arts (HFA) to have them digitized so that I can start selling prints…stay tuned! Not only has HFA been incredible to work with, but it’s led to some really amazing collaboration conversations, too! (another goal of mine is to do more creative collaborations)
I said it above and I’ll say it again: YOU JUST HAVE TO START!
And here’s how…
During the first week of the art challenge, I shared an InstaStory where I posted my very first drawing and shared my “why” behind doing this challenge. I talked about how I was dragging my feet to start, but that my intention with these drawings isn’t to create a masterpiece; it’s to get in the habit of making art everyday, even when I don’t feel like it.
All it takes is committing to just 15 minutes a day. Hell, even starting at just 5 minutes a day, means you’re putting in 35 more minutes a week than you did before. Thirty-five is more than zero, my friends!!
YOU JUST HAVE TO START!
Create or join a support group
If art is something you’re wanting to get into, I highly recommend signing up for the #makingarteveryday challenge! Not only does it take the guess work out of “what to make” each day, but it’s supportive and encouraging, too.
Whether it’s art, running, writing, music, dance, ceramics, etc., there’s probably a group for it! Just do a quick Google search for local groups in your community or even scroll on Instagram—that’s how I found the #makingarteverday challenge!
Set a timer
This is a big one for me and anyone else who tends to procrastinate on certain tasks! If starting on something feels daunting or overwhelming, just commit to small bits of time at first (as mentioned above), and use the timer to keep you focused.
- For example, with the #makingarteverday challenge, I found myself putting off doing my drawings because I felt I *should* be prioritizing everything else above it and I was also still holding onto the fear of not being good. And so, to circumvent those blocks, I set a timer. First it was for 15 minutes, then 20 and now I find myself drawing for up to 90 minutes, sometimes before I even realize it. By giving myself parameters, it suddenly didn’t feel so big and overwhelming.
Have self-compassion + grace
Life gets busy and the best laid plans often go awry, so it’s important to be kind to yourself when this happens. Hell, I missed an entire WEEK this month!! But rather than throwing in the towel completely, because you missed a day or a week, commit to starting again and starting small, building back the habit and your confidence in the process. And remember: everybody falls, but not everyone has the courage to get back up and try again. Just. Keep. Going…
Detach from the outcome
I find that whenever I get overly caught up in how I want something to go, the fear of failing takes over so much that I often quit before I’ve even begun. Can you relate?
Instead, try focusing on the process and the feeling you get from doing that thing you love. When you remove the pressure of needing something to be perfect, you’ll be surprised by how easily you get into the flow and how much fun it actually is to just create for the sake of creating.
And here are some additional resources on changing/creating habits:
I really hope this helps and encourages you to start doing that thing that you can’t stop thinking about!
S A D Y E
P.S. PSA for any artists, local or nationwide, HFA is an AWESOME resource for digitizing original artwork, creating high quality reproduction prints and framing. Get 10% off your first digital capture order by telling them SADYE sent you! Just message Sharon, either on Instagram (@hfa_printing) or via email (email@example.com)