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Making Time for Ourselves and Our Artwork

In our busy lives, finding time to dedicate to our personal interests and passions—like art—often falls by the wayside. However, I recently had a revelation after diving into two transformative books: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and Atomic Habits by James Clear. Both books explore the profound impact of small, consistent habits over time. Inspired by these insights, I want to share how just a little structured time each week can dramatically enhance our artistic skills and overall well-being.

The Power of Incremental Progress

Many of us struggle with making time for art, often feeling overwhelmed by daily responsibilities. Yet, dedicating as little as 30 minutes a week to painting can significantly advance our abilities. This practice may seem minor, but like compounding interest in finance, each small session builds upon the last, enhancing our skills and deepening our creative expression.

Initially, the improvements might not be obvious, and that’s perfectly okay. Remember, gradual changes are often imperceptible at first. Think about weight loss—changes aren’t noticeable daily, but over months, the difference can be startling. Art progresses in a similar fashion. You might not see the quality of your work improve day-to-day or even week-to-week, but over several months, the evolution becomes evident, especially when you compare your latest works to those from the beginning of your journey.

The Importance of Documentation and Reflection

I always encourage my students to date their artwork and keep every piece, regardless of their initial thoughts about its quality. It’s incredibly rewarding to look back and see your progress laid out through your art. This practice not only boosts confidence but also shows you proof of your development and dedication.

The Role of Community in Artistic Growth

Art can be a solitary activity, but being part of a community can significantly enhance your journey. Just as having a gym buddy increases your likelihood of exercising regularly, joining an art community can motivate and inspire you. Sharing experiences, challenges, and successes with like-minded individuals creates a support network that enriches your artistic practice.

Join the Brush Flow Community

Understanding the solitary nature of an artist’s path, I am thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of the Brush Flow Community. This platform is designed to support and inspire artists like you, offering a space to connect, learn, and grow together. Whether you’re looking to leapfrog your skills or simply find companionship on your artistic journey, I invite you to join our waitlist and be part of this exciting new chapter.

Join the Brush Flow Community Waitlist

Embracing the lessons of The Compound Effect and Atomic Habits, remember that every minute you invest in your art is a step towards mastering your craft. Let’s make time for ourselves, nurture our creativity, and enjoy the unfolding of our artistic potential together.

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