I was going to title this entry, "Get Off Your Ass and into Your Studio Now" but I thought that was a tad too aggressive. This is how I tell myself that it's time to get busy and create something, why not share these words of wisdom.
It's so easy to get caught in that spiral of too many thoughts and feelings from the daily circumstances surrounding our lives. Searching for distractions to take your mind off of the obvious while playing peek-a-boo with your muse. Disconnecting from the one thing you need to keep your balance in these crazy times. Anything can cause you to turn away from your art and prevent you from doing what you really should be and need to be doing, creating art.
How does an artist stay motivated and nurture that fire that burns within to create art in difficult times? I have learned that by giving myself permission to create art a top priority that I have made it my job. This way I make it a priority to be in the studio every morning at least 5 days a week. There are days I may be running a little late and there are nights where I work late. There are plenty of days I work on something and end up deleting it or saving it to go back to another time. The key is to do something to get those creative juices flowing. Having an actual routine of being in your creative space encourages creativity. You arrive and ideas will begin to flow.
And what if the ideas really are not showing up and you find yourself staring at a blank canvas, paper, screen? Let yourself go! I mean really let go and see what happens. Your subconscious will definitely show up and tell you what's happening with you. You will wonder where the hell did that come from and you will see the result of honesty showing up. The result may not be anything you even care to share with anyone or keep, but you will have tapped into your stream of consciousness and don't be surprised if the floodgates open.
It's matter of believing in yourself and in your art. After all, you are an artist and you have something to say. It can be through visual art, writing, music and dance. It's all an expression of who you are and what you want to share with others. So, get off your ass and into your studio, now!