Trying to get back to painting more often and posting more too. Seems like the most important thing (painting) gets put on the back burner more than anything else. Feels good to get up earlier to paint, and get back to better habits than watching tv or oversleeping!
Have to stay with it this time, and not give up. Hard to be inspired these days. Most of the time I am teaching art classes or creating frames, so I am really tired, and certainly not motivated. So I have to make my painting time come first. Then the rest of the day can fall into place.
Having said all that, now I must make it a personal challenge, and find ways to stay inspired. Paintings that have a deeper meaning, or that have things hiding in them seem to hold my interest the most. But if they do not come together right off the bat, then I tend to put them aside and resolve them later.
I need to plan ahead better, and stick with it. Also, I need to not start the new ones until I finish current paintings. When I enter some art shows I tend to get excited and finish up a few more too.
My problem is that I don't see results very often. A sale now and then, A commission. A ribbon or an award here and there; it is all encouraging, but hard to make enough to make a living. So I teach more classes, or take in more framing jobs. Then I don't have the time to paint.....not a good cycle.
I am open to hearing ideas on how you get inspired or what helps you stay on track.