I bet many of you are now ready for the end of the lockdown and all the Covid – problems! You’re probably ready for spring time to arrive and for a long holiday. So am I….. More than ready! With two children at home to homeschool and to give attention, there hardly is any time left for me to sit down and paint. Because when the homeschooling is done, the housework and the cooking are waiting for me. No rest for the wicked. But I know I am not alone in this.
But, I think for us artists especially, it is vital that we now do find the moments to lock us up in a room for at least one hour a day, in order to process the 54.385 thoughts and feelings that we have every 10 minutes. Only doing practical work in the end kills our spirit and will wear us down emotionally. And then where will we end up, having to teach maths to an 11-year old? We need to re-charge.
Here are a few tips I have gathered for you, to enable you to keep at least a bit of your artistry going. I hope they will help you!
1. If possible, make arrangements with your family that you get 60/90 undisturbed minutes to yourself every day. It’s best that this time is set at the same time every day, so it’s easy for your family members to remember too. Ask your spouse or someone else to take over the care of the children or other things that need attention. This is not a situation everyone can organise, but if you can only get a part of this time to yourself, do try and arrange that! It’s so important!
2. Try and keep inspired even when you’re not able to work on your art. Look on Pinterest for inspiration, order some art books online to look in while you’re having your morning coffee. Talk to your artist friends. Be aware of posters and artworks around you, when you walk through the city. Take pictures on walks of things that inspire you. You need the wheel to keep turning. Don’t let it come to a full stop.
3. Make a 10 – minute sketch every day. While your son or daughter is working on a science – problem, you can easily make a small sketch of the teapot on the table or the cat on the couch. Try one with your eyes closed for half of the time! Even if you only do a little sketch every day, it will help you to keep ‘in the zone’ and not lose touch with the creative side of your character. It would be even nicer to assemble all these mini sketches in a little journal.
4. Turn to crafting. I often turn to crafting, when I have no time to be alone to do my art. The advantage of crafting is, that you can do this much easier while being distracted. You can knit and talk at the same time, you can cut paper and listen to your child talking. Artworks need more solitude and concentration than crafting does, because it tends to come more from within, where as crafting is more based on skills. But at least you will be creating something you care for and it will help you to quickly get back on track when you can.
5. Focus on photography for a while. No matter what your field of expertise is, if you don’t have much time for your art during lockdown, try and take some good photographs with your phone. You always have that with you. Taking a photo will only take a few seconds, but it will make you see your surroundings in a different light, because you’re looking for interesting things to photograph. It changes your perspective of the little world you’re stuck in and it will help you creating something interesting or beautiful in a matter of seconds. It will keep your creative door open and help you not to fall into the pit of practicality.
That’s it, folks. I hope that at least one of these ideas will help you a bit! Comments and other ideas are very welcome. Please leave a comment below! If you enjoyed this, then please like my post and follow my blog!
Eva Mout, Ursus Art