by Michael Damico
So, you haven’t painted in a while? Are you embarrassed about it? Maybe even a little ashamed to step foot in your art studio? Well, I’ve been there more times than I can count. But I’ve got a tip for you on how to get past it. This simple trick actually uses some classical conditioning (think Pavlov’s dogs but without the shock). Here’s what you do:
Go into your art studio and just sit there. Drink your coffee, answer some emails. But go in there without the intention of creating art. This helps your mind understand that you’re not going to get fired because you’ve been absent as an artist. It also calms those feelings of doubt. And best of all, it can begin to generate a positive feeling of being productive at more mundane tasks.
This sort of accomplishment will help you trust being in the art studio more and fear it less. There is a 100% chance it leads to that spark of imagination blended with the motivation to take action. And leads to what we all crave: those obsessive long periods where we do things like forget to eat because we’re so into a painting.
Believe it or not, even working on mundane things in quantity can actually lead to more quality pieces in the long run. It just starts getting easier and easier.