MUNICH ART ADVENTURE {1}

After my Florence workshop, I met up with my family in Germany. It was time to get used to a new routine and a new city.

For this part of the summer, I made it a goal to finish 3 portraits in 2 months. Well, what do you do when you've got projects to accomplish and you're not in your comfort zone?

 

Two mantras: "Stay flexible." & "Be kind to yourself."

This is especially true when others (like my sweet family members) are also adjusting to a new situation and trying to find their own rhythm in a new environment. In order to accommodate everyone else's schedule and still focus on my project, I decided that this would be the way I will get my portraits done:

Write down bite-sized goals for each day.

 

So here they are:

MONDAY: Bite-sized goal - Find art store and get missing painting supplies (odorless mineral spirits and medium.) I used a Facebook forum and of course Google. CHECK!

The first store was more of a stationary store with very little oil painting supplies. "Stay flexible." And keep on going!

The first store was more of a stationary store with very little oil painting supplies. "Stay flexible." And keep on going!

Schachinger Mal & Zeichen Bedarf was the bombdiggity!! 

Schachinger Mal & Zeichen Bedarf was the bombdiggity!! 

TUESDAY: Bite-sized goal - Prep my three canvases with a light wash of burnt umber. I decided that the roof terrace where we hang up our laundry would also become my studio space. CHECK!

 

WEDNESDAY: Bite-sized goal - Start putting some preliminary marks on each of the three canvases. Since I didn't want to buy an easel and schlep it back to the US with  me, the wall would have to do. CHECK!

When you start implementing bite-sized goals, other bite-sized goals pop up...like buying tape to stick my photo reference on the wall!

When you start implementing bite-sized goals, other bite-sized goals pop up...like buying tape to stick my photo reference on the wall!

I make dinnertime with my family a reward, so I try to get my goal done before 6pm.

I make dinnertime with my family a reward, so I try to get my goal done before 6pm.

 

BITE-SIZED GOALS ARE HELPFUL

So there you go...if you don't have the luxury of painting without interruptions or maybe you don't have the patience to paint long hours, then bite-sized goals might be helpful to you. You'll feel good getting a little bit done everyday and you know you are on your way to accomplishing your goals! And even if you don't get a bite-sized goal done - "Be kind to yourself." Tomorrow's another day!

For those who just need motivation to get up and get something done, Here's Shia's video. It gave me a chuckle. (Shout out to my son Max for giving me this motivational boost on Monday.) You have no more excuses :)

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
— Saul Bellow

ACTION STEP:

What are your creative goals for this week? Break them down into bite-sized steps and post below in the comments. Let's do this together!