A Simple System For Getting Creative

Serious artist at work. This is Phoebe, who has a knack for sitting down as soon as her humans stand up.

Sometimes I have so many paintings in my head- until it’s time to paint. Here’s how I get creative without getting side tracked.When I just jump right into painting, I don’t feel settled and don’t focus as well. I also like to set aside three or four consecutive hours.

  1. A Clean Work Space.
    Nothing is more appealing than neatly laid out art supplies, a clean surface, and brushes that are ready to go. It’s also good for clearing your mind and getting excited about what you’re about to do without jumping into the deep end.Being organized as a painter is a challenge but it feels so much better to be busy when there’s not a lot of mental clutter in my space. This is also an invitation for the cat to join in.

    Serious artist at work. This is Phoebe, who has a knack for sitting down as soon as her humans stand up.
    Serious artist at work. This is my creative cat Phoebe, who has a knack for sitting down as soon as her humans stand up.
  2. Burn White Sage or a few candles
    I used to work at a white sage farm which is where I met Jeremy. So I prefer white sage to regular incense, which makes me sneeze. I buy my white sage from Amazon. It creates a pleasant, relaxing environment for painting. Candles are nice, too.
  3. Put on some music
    More often than not my background noise is the television in the other room, so I’ll put on some music or an audiobook or a guided meditation to listen to while I’m painting, so I get the calm happy thoughts into my paintings.
  4. Pour a drink.
    A pot of tea, a glass of juice, a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee; water’s healthy as long as you know which one is paint water and which one is not. Drinking acrylic paint won’t kill you (I’m still alive!) but it tastes terrible.

    saturday night paint and sip
    Saturday night in the artist studio.
  5. Get to work!
    By now my studio area is looking so appealing that it’s easy to let time vanish and create with my paintbrush.

Author: Katana

Katana Leigh is a professional international artist with her paintings at home in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Australia, and more. Find her on Artist Katana Shop, Google! and Instagram

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