Don’t make excuses. Make art. Every day.

a-work-in-progressMaking art comes down to routine and habit. And that gets formed over many years. You have to get in the habit of getting up in the morning and starting. After you take care of  your emails or phone calls that you have to do, you have a cup of coffee, and then stand in front of your easel or sit at your table and start creating something. It doesn’t really matter what. Once you begin the process it takes off on its own. I get up around 7:00 a.m., have coffee, respond to emails, and start work about 9:00 a.m. I’ll stop at 1:00 p.m. and have lunch, then take care of more business. I’m back working in my studio by 4:00 p.m. And I’ll work until 3:00 a.m. There’s a dinner in there somewhere, but it’s not necessarily at the same time. There’s no mystery to it. If you want to create art, you have to work; you develop the habit. It’s about creating every day. Persistence matters. Not giving up matters. If you’re sick, you grab a piece of paper and do some drawing in bed. If you’re sick and throwing up, you grab some paper and draw in between times of being sick. If your leg is going to be amputated, get it amputated and then go back and make good art. There is no excuse, if you’re healthy and want to make art. There have been artists who were going blind and kept making art. Artists with no hands who painted with their feet. If they could do it, you can do it. Stop making excuses and make art.

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  1. That’s so on point John. I was born in Michigan. But I grew up on Osborne St and Beachy Ave in Arleta,CA small world. I live in Hawaii now. Last year I was stuck by a car while riding a moped. Almost killed. But this last year has been one of my productive years yet. While I was still in the trauma ward my art was displayed in Times Square New York City. This year my art was displayed in Paris France at the Louvre. All the while I have been a full time disabled college student. Oh I just turned 60 this year also. I have been developing patterns for fabrics for a clothing line which I hope to launch in the spring of 2016. I want people to wear my art as well as have it on their walls and every thing else. I have a wide range of subject matter and styles. Now I am making art inspired by the plants around me. Also everyday objects. I encourage everyone want it is you love or want to do. You have to do it everyday. NO EXCUSES. Not everything will be A masterpiece. That’s ok. One of my most popular pieces is one I did just for me I did not even think it was that good. That’s the one that went to Paris.

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