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!
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!
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 :)
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!