Get into the habit of making art

"Mont Saite-Victoire" by John Andro AvendanoCreating art has to become a habit. I’m not a political artist, and I not an activist artist. I’m really dealing with my own sensibilities. My life doesn’t have a lot of grief. I’m not very susceptible to outside drama. Which is good. You have to stay steady and true to yourself to stay on track creatively. When I can help people, I’m there. But people have to take responsibility for their own choices and their own unique direction. Ultimately, each person has to do it for themselves. Figure out what you want to create, and start creating it. At this point in time, making art is about habits, and creating positive habits and sticking to them. It’s something I work on every day. For me there are only two real emotions. You’re either happy or you’re sad. If you’re sad, figure out what’s causing it, and start changing your situation. If you’re happy, keep on doing what you’re doing. Do even more of it. It’s easier to focus and do good work when you’re energized. Stay focused and develop the working habits that allow you to create new art, or finish artwork you’ve started. People get distracted by negative emotions. They get stuck in being angry or jealous, or something. The main thing is to stay with the basics. Figure out if you’re feeling happy or sad, and use those emotions to get into your work.

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