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mazincurvaceous
01-22-2004, 09:47 PM
My problem isn't a lack of inspiration - I have plenty, and many ideas I want to start working on.

My problem is that I get so sidetracked! I find I can't sit down to create if I have something else to be doing, if my room is messy, if the television is on, etc. I can't sit down and paint/draw with a crowded mind, and often cleaning or finishing other tasks is so exhausting that by the time I have done them I am too tired to paint anyway!

It's a stupid problem, I know, but I was hoping someone could somehow put my mind at ease.

Also, while I'm here - what do you use to store your materials? I have all my pastels, chalks and paints in a big carry tub type of a thing, and my papers just sort of lying about the place. Paintbrushes and pencils go into empty cups :rolleyes: What SHOULD I be using?

Eugene Veszely
01-23-2004, 08:47 AM
Haha you sound like me :)

All my brushes are in jars, and cups too, my paints are in a plastic tub as well.. :rolleyes:

I dont think there is any "correct" way :)

About the distraction of a crowded mind...cant help there either :(

vivien
01-23-2004, 12:37 PM
I think do-it-yourself shops are the best places to buy containers to store art materials.

For my pastels i bought a set of drawers that have divisions in them - 6 drawers, each with 3 divisions. The drawers click firmly shut and there is a carrying handle. The whole thing is about 18 inches high.

I keep reds/oranges in one drawer, blues/purples in another, greens in another, black & white in one, yellows/oranges and then browns, all separated into tones. I can take the drawers out and spread them across the table to work but they are protected and kept relatively clean like this. I use a mixture of Unison and and other brands and it holds them all.

in an art shop it would have cost a fortune but it was quite cheap.

I use the big plastic stacking boxes to separate oils/acrylics/watercolours/printing inks etc.

Shehaub
01-24-2004, 04:22 PM
mazincurvaceous you need to give yourself permission to do art when there are dirty dishes, dirty laundry, the stereo blasting and beds unmade. Treat your art like you would any other thing on your to-do list. It has to get done, and you have to do it. Are you getting the "I should be's"? I should be doing dishes, I should be doing laundry, I should be cleaning this house. If so, when you are working on your art and those creep in, just say to yourself, "No, I should be right here doing what I am doing!"

When you can't clear your head try going for a walk before you start doing artwork. Maybe do a mini form of morning pages and jot down everything thats on you mind. Paint/draw your state of mind on a scrap piece of something before you get going. Do anything to get your hands and mind busy so you can block out the interruptors. It takes practice. I can tune out just about anything other than the death scream of a small child.

salart
01-24-2004, 07:00 PM
I like the satisfaction of a clean house-but it might have to be in my next life that I actually enjoy doing it (does anyone?) I have the luxury of an off-site studio and there I totally forget about the dishes, laundry and the other billion menial tasks thet beckon to me.If you don't have a studio, can you find a room, corner of the basement or other place where you can turn a blind eye to these things? If not then put it higher on your list- it is way more worthwhile.It is a challenge- I can relate!

mazincurvaceous
01-24-2004, 07:30 PM
Thanks for your help/comments everyone :)

I have an easel and desk set up in my room (also used for studying - more "I should be's"). It is alright when my room is clean, but in summertime my room seems to get messy and it's too humid to clean for more than 20 mins or so. More distraction! :)

This year I am trying to focus on equally balancing my art and my studies. Although I don't need the school qualifications for commercial art college I do need the art. With parents however, studying always comes first and I'm not going to disagree!

But anyway...thank you again. I will try harder!

fluffy black cat
01-25-2004, 02:41 AM
Oh, I really understand this and can sympathise... I too have to try and balance my schoolwork and art, though art is what I plan to make a career in... it is SOOO hard to stop been distracted. This year I've made a plan- I'm going to make sure I do something with my art every day!! I'll try and keep up with my schoolwork by actually doing it in class and not socialising, as per usual, and devote the rest of my time to art... I've realised to get ANYWHERE, even with any sort of talent you have to work hard and stay focused. And I plan to :)

About those tasks that distract you and make you too tired to paint or draw or create, etc.. they do not have the same priority and they should be done last, seeing as you don't need as much energy to focus on them.. I actually did a quiz thing recently I'd read in a magazine aout how I "use my time." I worked out how much time I waste not only on those stupid "needing-to-be-done" things you mentioned but also fritter away on mindless entertainment, like TV or talking on the phone. I was shocked! So I'm trying to use my time more wisely..

I've also got an easel and desk set up in my room plus all my brushes and materials everywhere- it doesnt look much like a bedroom anymore!! Its been helping me focus lately to make sure I only really stay in there for sleeping and art- it helps me associate been there with painting/drawing and makes the transition into "art mode" easier :D

I dont know if this helps :( Good luck!! All I know is that I wish this final year of high school was over! School is such a bother and a bore. Why do the holidays have to end?? :( :( :( *sigh*

mazincurvaceous
01-25-2004, 06:23 AM
I dont know if this helps :( Good luck!! All I know is that I wish this final year of high school was over! School is such a bother and a bore. Why do the holidays have to end?? :( :( :( *sigh*

Thank you Ruth, it is a big help knowing you understand. I suppose you might even understand a little better seeing as you're also an Australian senior high school student!

Two days 'til school starts...urghhh I am dreading it! I also intend to reorganise the scheduele in order to allow myself to spend time working on and enjoying my work. My spare lesson is now about 80 mins long so that will be great time to use for sketching!

Anyway...thank you for your help and understanding.

Yokovich
01-28-2004, 12:49 PM
this is a common topic--there is an entire book devoted to it--it's titled the war on art--what you are experiencing is what that author calls "resistance"--he claims that "resistance" is almost like a tiny other you that keeps feeding you reasons to not do your work. The author claims that resistance is in business to keep you as far away from the work as possible. resistance likes comfort. resistance doesn't like to face the challenges of failing. resistance likes to be in charge. resistance wants you to clean your room so that you will put off (and hopefully forget) that you are an artist. I do find it helpful to think in these terms--that one must send this nay-sayer packing. (even though the nay-sayer is disguised as "you")--- once you do this consistently you will get caught up in how vital your work is to you and the resistance will melt away.

Rose Queen
01-28-2004, 06:10 PM
A very common problem, indeed, for many artists, as you can tell just from the number of replies your post has had. I have two quotes that I like to bring to mind when I get distracted from art in the way you mentioned, though, so I will pass them along here for what they're worth.

At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived. ~ Rose Macaulay

And because I think allowing oneself to be distracted is largely a product of fear...

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
~ Marianne Williamson, poet



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mazincurvaceous
01-29-2004, 01:32 AM
Great quotes and great advice. Thank you all.

pampe
02-03-2004, 10:04 PM
A very common problem, indeed, for many artists, as you can tell just from the number of replies your post has had. I have two quotes that I like to bring to mind when I get distracted from art in the way you mentioned, though, so I will pass them along here for what they're worth.

At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived. ~ Rose Macaulay

And because I think allowing oneself to be distracted is largely a product of fear...

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
~ Marianne Williamson, poet

yup

like she said

it's about being afraid of success

NOT FAILURE

orchid black
02-04-2004, 07:16 PM
OH, I so understand what you're talking about! Everything else seems to have to come first, but you do have to make time for your art... everyone else seems to have said everything I was thinking, so I won't repeat, but about storage issues, I have my brushes separated into jars marked with duck tape as to what types they are and what I use them for, the same for pencils and coloured pencils. Other things such as erasers, pens, mechanicals, odds and ends, and such are in see-through tackle boxes... much cheaper than art boxes, they usually come with moveable (adjustable?) internal walls so you can make the compartments as large or as small as you need them, and they snap tightly closed. It's not much, but that's about it... all my pastels and such are still in their original boxes, so I haven't needed anything new for them yet... collage materials I keep in shoeboxes and smaller cardboard boxes until I need them. I hope this helps! :cat:

orchid black
02-04-2004, 07:18 PM
p.s. I love your tinyhead!

Curtis
02-08-2004, 09:45 AM
My problem isn't a lack of inspiration - I have plenty, and many ideas I want to start working on.

My problem is that I get so sidetracked! I find I can't sit down to create if I have something else to be doing, if my room is messy, if the television is on, etc. I can't sit down and paint/draw with a crowded mind, and often cleaning or finishing other tasks is so exhausting that by the time I have done them I am too tired to paint anyway!

It's a stupid problem, I know, but I was hoping someone could somehow put my mind at ease.

Also, while I'm here - what do you use to store your materials? I have all my pastels, chalks and paints in a big carry tub type of a thing, and my papers just sort of lying about the place. Paintbrushes and pencils go into empty cups :rolleyes: What SHOULD I be using?

Your problem is addressed in the book "Creative Authenticity" by Ian Roberts. It explains exactly what to do in a situation like that. Not only that but it imparts a lot more information. I highly recommend it!!!

Eugene Veszely
02-08-2004, 08:28 PM
"Creative Authenticity" by Ian Roberts...sounds like a book I need to read as well!!!