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Somewhere to Paint

Number Two on the list of 5 main reasons people give for not following their dream to be a professional artist:

'I have nowhere to paint.'

Sure, it's frustrating if you have to clear away your painting stuff when the family wants to eat at the table.
Maybe you got caught up in your art and didn't leave time to clean your brushes. Next day, they are unusable.
In any case, your children, partner or visitors kept interrupting as you tried to work. It can be discouraging. Maybe enough to make you give up.

Please, don't give up.

Instead, take a really careful look around and you will find a place to work in peace. It must be out somewhewre of the way of routine family activities. ( My first studio was just a corner of verandah at the side of our house.)

Here, you can keep all your paints and tools handy. You can safely leave your work, sitting undisturbed on the easel or drawing board, until your next session.

From the very day you set it up, call this place your Studio. Your family and friends will soon fall into the habit of calling this special place by the name you give it.

'Studio' commands more respect than 'my hobby corner.' Make it clear to all your friends and family that the Studio is off-limits while you are at work.

Of course, you'll only keep their respect if you schedule your painting sessions as if you believe they're as important as anything else you do. And that means you'll need to actually go into your studio space on whichever day you announce as your 'Painting Day.'

A Big Secret Tip: Professional artists, writers and musicians spend as much time in their studios doing nothing. That is, nothing visible to a fly on the wall. Yet time spent visualising a composition, thinking or just plain dreaming,is a vital part of creating a new work. Just don't let the family in on this.

Next week, the question is:'How can you fit it in with your day job?'

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