January 06th, 2018
The Western Influence
I,m lucky enough to be able to spend a couple of months in southern Arizona. The desert is so beautiful an artist can’t help but be influenced by it. I’ll admit it’s an acquired taste. First visit a few years ago. It all looked dry, dusty and forbidding. However, time spent out and about reveals much more, like incredible cobalt skies, sometimes fantastic cloud shapes, sculptural mesquites, carved mountains and cliffs. Nearby I have access to dry riverbed that make great trail ways. (I’m not here during the rainy season.). I could walk 20 miles if Ichose to
"Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the "last minute before a deadline."
What a universal situation. From what I read most people are held back by procrastination at one time or another, some people, all the time. I think artists are a particularly susceptible group. Maybe it's because we are usually pulling something from our own imaginations, our own ideas. We can't lean on just gathering and analyzing data like producing a business report.
I've begun a list below of some common roadblocks our minds will throw at us. This
week we will talk about one issue.
-- I don't know where to begin? Being focused on the whole process and end product can be intimidating. What if it's not good enough? So, break it down into smaller efforts. Pull out the paper or the canvas & brushes. Get set up. Figure out what you need to get done first, and take those first steps. I think it was Ernest Hemingway that said he never stopped a writing session until he knew what he was going to do next. Good advice. You can follow it on to your next day's work.
Good for you!
Artist Donna Arnold