This is where many have faltered in the past: We do too much. Personally, I am just so inspired by the many mediums and subjects to explore. How do other artists only do one thing? I can’t seem to get myself to do it, even though I want to. Do you just hide all your other work or do you not allow yourself to venture away from “your style”? (I really want to know.)
Or perhaps you’re like me. Do you invest time into too many things? Are you spread too thin? Do you ever feel like you already messed up this life and are just waiting for the next one to get it right?
Sometimes I do. But I can’t wait for then next life, there is no guarantee of that, and, honestly, there’s no guarantee of tomorrow either. So we must prioritize and straighten the course. The way to do this is to focus on the most important task first. Usually the most important task is the hardest challenge that you’ve been avoiding. So after reading this, commit, not just a few min’s not just an hour, but HOURS – TODAY and every day after that until its done.
I made a commitment to my first series, the Atlas Metamorphosis Project a long time ago… 7 years ago actually. I never thought it would take this long but I also didn’t foresee myself finding so much interest in more styles and mediums to explore. I was at a place, back then, where I was happy to find 1 style that was unique. Then I found I was trapped and wanted to branch out. Art is about exploration for me, not about staying in one place my whole life. So I have now found a couple series I like to add to. The problem with that becomes the loss of focus and consistency.
I have found that the most important aspect to our lives is focus. So…
What are you focusing on?
In this day and age multitasking is essential, I get that… but it takes a lot of discipline to focus on one task until completion but that’s really how good things get done.
So I said screw it. I’m not working on any more Iterations paintings, glass Specimens, 3D works or anything until I finish Stage 4 of 4 in the Atlas Metamorphosis. Previously I thought this meant I wouldn’t get much done for a long time but I am very pleasingly surprised at the result.
It’s astonishing, the sheer speed that this has brought to the project. What was projected to take many months has been done in days! At least 2 months turned into less than 2 weeks. It’s more than halfway done with most of that work done in this one week and now it just needs a couple more days.
You wouldn’t believe the rush I get from this. It’s wonderful. It’s FOCUS.
I think everyone can experience this joy if they force themselves into action. You will be surprised how after the first 15 minutes or even an hour or 2, you get over this mental block and all of a sudden the inspiration is there. You also start finding ways to speed up the process in real-time. Stop being so much of a perfectionist and realize after you step back, it looks just as good as if you took your slow-assed time.
So I wish you a Good Friday and hope you can use this post as a catalyst to move forth with that project that is clogging your creative pipes. Let me know in the comments what you think, your results, and to all the artists, please share your feedback on this. I really want to know from the artists who don’t have the many series problem: Do you just hide all your other work or do you not allow yourself to venture away from “your style”?