I’ve been spending a lot of time in my studio recently, preparing for the Eastside Culture Crawl. With a deadline looming, momentum is high. But how do you get to that state where you’re firing on all cylinders, and progress is steady?
A Case Study:
- Several months ago, I created a 10”x10” piece as a sample for a client. I thought there was promise in doing a series of similar pieces.
- A few weeks later, a stack of panels were purchased, and the base prints were ordered.
- Yet more weeks passed before I took a day to select, cut and mount the print sections that would form the base of each piece.
- In the last week, I set up a table, gathered my materials, and laid out 3 or 4 of the dozen panels.
- Since then, I’ve worked on these pieces without interuption to do other artwork. Each day, it seems easier to start, and the work progresses more quickly.
- These small 10”x10” panels are stacking up!
How do you know you’re in that state of high momentum?
- you’re eager to get into the studio
- it’s easy to pick up where you left off last session
- progress is steady
- you sometimes take a big leap with the work
How do you get there?
- Having a place where you can leave things out at the end of a session is ideal, as this eliminates many of the possible obstacles to starting work the next day. Just pick up your brush.
- Show up consistently. If you can work with fewer interruptions or pauses, momentum will build. However, even if you can only spend 2 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, you will see steady progress if you keep at it.
- Having a deadline (one of several, actually!) certainly helps! If you don't have an externally imposed deadline, challenge yourself to complete a certain task in today's session.
What do you do to build or maintain your creative momentum?