Every artist needs motivation, even if they don’t realize it because their motivator is with them everyday. An artist’s motivator can come in the form of a parent, a new’s channel, a book series, or anything that gives you inspiration to make more art.
If you’re an artist, then you might know that feeling of wanting to start a new project after working on the same project for too long because some new inspiration gave you a shift in ideas. This is a healthy thing to have, because inspiration is a hard commodity to find in this hectic time, and you can always shift back to your old project when you’re ready.
I have many unfinished projects that I’ll get back to once I get the right inspiration. In the meantime, starting new art projects is so much fun because I stay engaged with what motivates me.
What motivates you? Some artists find inspiration from the strangest things, like this art made from gutters.
My main source for motivation is YouTube channels like Bobby Duke Arts and Black Beard Productions. These channels motivate me because I get to see other hard working artists do their thing.
So, if you’ve been struggling with motivation lately then consider finding what motivates you and stay engaged with it on a regular basis.
I used to think I was a perfectionist until I really stared at my art for a long time and realized my functional collage style is far from perfect. If I really was a perfectionist, I would be painting landscapes scrupulously with oil paints or something, not gluing a bunch of random stuff together to create something that kind of looks functional.
After thinking about this longer I came to embrace that “imperfectionist” inside of me and started making really wild art. Then, after taking some lessons from my favorite Ted Talk I started really understanding myself.
Now, I am glad to be nowhere close to being a perfectionist because I believe the power of swift action is a wonderful thing that can bless people’s lives. Instead of calling this imperfect action I like to call it swift action because it’s hard to do anything perfectly if you do it swiftly. I believe that if more people understood that they didn’t have to do things perfectly they would get so much more done and reach their goals faster.
I no longer stress over double checking everything because I just want to move onto the next project. For example, I’ve been finishing a lot more paintings recently because I’m satisfied with how they look. And when it comes to the kind of home decor we share here on my blog, ideas come to my head a lot more frequently because I’m less nervous about caring whether people will like them or not.
I started messaging friends to share this new internal discovery and some people didn’t respect this message but others have changed their lives due to it. I think it’s amazing how much you can get done if only you don’t care whether it’s perfect or not after you call it “finished.” After all, who is to say that Picasso’s paintings are perfect? That’s a far stretch! If Picasso tried so hard to make everything perfect I bet he wouldn’t have finished half of the paintings he did.
My friend who was most impacted by my message was one from Calgary whom I chat with on Facebook quite often. He works for an appliance repair company (https://www.appliancerepaircalgarypros.com/) and I don’t think it’s possible for him to cut corners at work when fixing fridges and suchlike but he has been practicing the power of swift action at home and has noticed an amazing increase in productivity. For the first time in his life, he feels safe saying that he’s creative because he no longer stresses over whether his artwork is good or not. He just gets it done and moves onto the next!
This is why my advice for anyone out there struggling with perfectionism should try finishing some paintings even when they know they’re not perfect. After hanging up your imperfect paintings on the wall for a week or two you’ll start to see the beauty in imperfection and this could be the remedy you need to kick perfectionism to the dust. That’s just my advice, anyway. Also, check out that Ted Talk I mentioned above because there’s a lot more too this topic than I covered here.
Tacos are nice and all, but not very inspiring when it comes to prolonged artwork adventures. That’s why I like drawing inspiration from unusual sources like repairing fridges, as my uncle does for a living, or installing gutters on residential houses, whom my best friend does full time. It feels great to be alive in a world full of strange art and home decor. It’s even stranger when the art has a strange source. Not many artists know how to draw inspiration from such things, but a lot of the best art in history focuses on the mundane. After all, historians like to study art and iconography from history that represents the common people to learn more about regular folks in history, as written sources generally neglect these aspects. For example, we can learn a lot about the roles of women in medieval society from medieval paintings of poor women who are active in their roles.
Painting images of appliance repairmen, likewise, in our modern day will show people in the far future a glimpse into the lives of the people who fix our fridges, ovens and other major home appliances. If you’re a painter, I invite you to paint an image of your window cleaner or the guy who cleans your exterior gutters, because these unusual images naturally draw curiosity, and struggling artists who paint things people expect them to paint have a lot of competition.
This is a special tip for beginning painters who would love to make a name for themselves in their local community: not only paint the common things that people won’t expect, paint a person in your community who a lot of people know, so that when they see the painting in display they will laugh and feel a connection.
It’s easy to paint the things people expect of you, like mountains, lakes and character coffee shops, but if you can paint a person installing gutters on a house and people know who it is, then you got a free ticket to expanding in popularity in your local community. So go out to construction sites and meet people, offer to paint them and tell them when your next exhibition is. They might show up with friends to see your end result.