How often do you wish for more hours in a day or even more days in the week?
It's not easy fitting everything into a busy life and making time to paint and be creative. We all have our obligations, family and other jobs. Sometimes I wonder how I will find time to paint at all.
Creative people naturally have projects, ideas, materials floating about...both in their heads and in the studio. We are easily distracted and the only way I can keep my head clear for new ideas is to be tidy ( just don't open any of my cupboard doors!)
I like to know where my materials are and where that lovely reference photo is filed on my computer. I keep a notebook or sketchbook handy to jot down anything I want to remember or ideas, that way I don't worry about forgetting something important.
To make time for actual painting in a hectic schedule is not easy. First you need to be organised (a horrible dirty word I know). I set myself a time limit for mundane tasks, I grab back a few minutes here and there, whenever I can then block off some creative time when possible.
It's useful to decide when your ideal time for painting is and try and work round that. Mine is in the afternoon which isn't easy when I'm working.
So then when you finally get to your easel, or studio...make sure everyone knows you don't want to be disturbed ....headphones are good for this. Ignore the phone, Facebook etc as much as you can (sorry to anyone who knows me!) Give yourself some time to get in the mood, look at some art or doodle in your sketchbook. It also helps to have some idea what you want to do before you start or you will waste precious art time looking for something to paint.
Does anyone else have some ideas for saving time or making time for art?