We know that the path of creativity is difficult and obstacle ridden, and although creating art can be one of the most rewarding things we do in life, we often make excuses not to start.
Does this sound familiar?
Maybe you don’t have enough time, you don’t feel inspired, or you think you are not skilled enough. I was starting to use a few of the excuses I mention in this article, but I got serious and told myself it’s time to set aside those excuses and start creating art once and for all.
Today we’re going to explore the most common excuses we make for not creating art and how we can overcome them.
So get comfortable, grab your pencil, brush, or whatever you use to create, and get ready to unlock your creativity.
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Here are the seven most common excuses we make for not creating art:
“I don’t have time to create art.”
This is probably the most common excuse we hear.
Let me ask you, who has free time in the fast-paced life we lead today? Between daily chores, family, friends, work, social media, Netflix, HBO, Prime, and Disney, who has time left for sleep, let alone creating art?
It seems like a luxury, right?
Well, it shouldn’t be. Isn’t it better to set aside time for ourselves, for our creativity and well-being, instead of being engrossed in social media or binge-watching series on any streaming platform?
Did you know that creativity can be a way to relax and relieve the stress of everyday life?
Yes, it is.
So instead of postponing your creative projects or those moments for yourself that you know will bring you pleasure and benefit you, try to make good use of your time.
Use it to grow as a person and a human being. Dedicate a few minutes each day to your art, even if it’s just ten minutes, and you’ll see all the positive changes you’ll start to notice in yourself.
“I’m not inspired.”
This is another popular excuse.
However, do we really need to be inspired to create art?
Often, inspiration comes from practice and exploration. Instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, start creating and experimenting with different techniques and materials.
You can also find inspiration in unexpected places, like nature, music, or even other artists’ art.
“I don’t have the necessary materials.”
We often think that we need a big budget and expensive materials to create art.
But the truth is, you can create art with what you have on hand. Don’t have colored pencils? Use crayons. Don’t have paints? Try watercolors.
Furthermore, there are many ways to obtain materials inexpensively, such as buying non-professional grade items, shopping at thrift stores, or trading materials with other artists.
The important thing is not to be stopped by a lack of materials and to start creating with what you have at hand.
These excuses were the ones I’ve been repeating lately to create watercolor paintings as if they were a personalized mantra. After realizing that if I don’t practice and don’t experiment with what I have, I won’t ever get started, and I won’t understand certain processes involved in using watercolors, so I’ll always be at the starting point, and that’s not daring.
That’s staying in the comfort zone and not daring, and if I want to succeed in this area of my life, I need to take action, right?
Well, keep reading to see the great idea I came up with to encourage myself, be consistent in my creations, use the materials I have, and dare to experiment.
“I’m not good enough.”
The unbearable imposter syndrome—does that sound familiar?
This excuse is a significant limitation.
No one is born a master of their art. It takes practice and dedication to improve in everything you do in life.
Instead of comparing yourself to other artists, focus on your own creative process. Start with small goals and keep practicing. Skill and self-confidence will come with time.
“I don’t want to fail.”
The fear of failure can paralyze us and make us feel like we can’t take creative risks.
We’ve been talking about failure in the recent posts I’ve uploaded to the blog because I consider it very important.
We’ve been taught to succeed at everything but not to fail, and let me tell you, failure is a natural part of the creative process.
All great artists have failed many times, but they’ve kept going. Don’t stop because of fear of failure. Instead, take risks, learn from your mistakes, and keep practicing.
I’ll give you a personal example in this regard:
I’ve always said that I’m not good at drawing human body proportions. Let alone faces; I used to believe that was a utopia for me.
However, I gave myself the space and opportunity to practice a series of drawing tutorials with my daughter that I found on YouTube. They are fun and quite simple, teaching the first steps of drawing things and making us understand that everything is related to basic geometric shapes we’ve known all our lives.
When it came time to draw a face, the process was so easy and enjoyable that now I want to keep practicing.
If you want to practice your drawings, go watch these tutorials.
“I don’t have the right space.”
This is like the money issue.
It’s true that having a large, well-equipped studio would be wonderful, but it’s not necessary to create art.
If you don’t have much space at home, try to find creative ways to make the most of the space you have.
For the time being, I have the terrace table in the spare room at home, which allows me to have the computer and gives me good surface space to have fun making art without risking the PC, of course. Everything has a solution; the key is to have the willingness to find that solution.
“I don’t know where to start.”
Starting a creative project can be overwhelming, especially if you have many ideas in your head or if you’re like me, who has a Pinterest board and a YouTube list for when I “start creating.”
Don’t get me wrong, seeking inspiration in books, magazines, and even social media is important and part of your beginning. But what’s really important is not to have an endless supply of unused inspiration, but rather to put the inspiration you find to use.
Because the thing is, you have to start somewhere, right?
Don’t let indecision hold you back. Try breaking down your project into small, achievable goals and objectives. What do you want to achieve in your initial attempts?
In my case, I can tell you that what I want most is to understand techniques and some materials and discover my strengths.
I know I could skip all this and dive straight into the digital world because the tools for being a digital artist nowadays are incredible, but I’m a bit of a traditionalist in these things, and I like to connect with the tangible.
Besides, I have to confess that using Adobe Fresco is mind-blowing with the amazing things it can do, but I just discovered how two drops of watercolor paint can merge into each other, and that “live” experience is something no digital art program can provide.
Alright, we’ve talked about the excuses that prevent us from creating art. Now let’s see how we can overcome them:
- Make small sketches or exercises to unlock creativity: If you feel blocked or lack ideas for creating art, start with something small. Make a quick sketch or a small exercise that allows you to unlock your creativity. Sometimes, the hardest part is starting, but once you do, creativity flows more easily.
- Establish a routine for creating art: Art creation doesn’t have to be something you only do when you feel inspired, as mentioned earlier. Establishing a routine for creating art can help you overcome procrastination and make art creation a habit. Find a time of day when you can dedicate specific time to creating art, whether it’s in the mornings or evenings, and make it part of your daily routine.
- Seek inspiration from different places: Inspiration can come from anywhere, not just screens—don’t forget this! It can be as simple as taking a walk in the park or visiting an art gallery. Look for inspiration in different places, and allow your experiences to guide you in art creation. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with different mediums and techniques; this can also help you find inspiration in unexpected places.
- Practice makes perfect: Art creation isn’t something that happens overnight but requires time and dedication. As you practice and strive, you’ll gain confidence in your skills and your ability to create art.
Leave your excuses behind and start creating art today!
Whether you do it for pleasure or as a career, art can be a source of inspiration, connection, and self-expression.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experiment with your creativity and bring your ideas to life!