This time of year I love to look back and learn from the previous year, and then move forward and make some resolutions for the new year. To me it's like a fresh, new canvas. Making resolutions is the easy part for me, but following through is the hard part. For example, last year I started out with a schedule so I could make better use of my time and by week two my schedule was lost somewhere. And I really didn't care to find it. That's the truth.
Why didn't it work out? It didn't work out because I hadn't made keeping a schedule a habit. Habits are the things we do that don't require much thought. Like our routines. Habits are actually a part of everyone's brain. They are the things our brain hold onto and are hard to change. If our brain has to concentrate on everything ALL of the time, it gets tired, so our brain makes everday things into habits. Habits are rewarding, even if they are bad for us, and that is why our brains hold onto them so tightly. They calm us. Satisfy us. Make us feel happy, and make life less complicated.
Making and changing habits are hard to do, because it requires changing our brain. The key to making good habits, and getting rid of the bad ones, is rewarding ourselves when we triumph. The rewards tell our brain to hold onto our behavior and make it into a habit. This helps us stay determined. And if you want to change or make new habits, determination is the only thing that will get you there.
If you want to make time for art you need to make art a habit. There are several things you can do that will help you make it a habit.
What are your New Year's resolutions? Do they include new habits this year?
If your resolutions include learning art or spending time being creative, then I have great news for you!
Every Monday morning on my Createful Art channel I am starting the week with a 10 minute Creativity Exercise. This is a new habit I hope will help you, and I, be more creative this year.
If you want to make time for art and you are busy like I am, then I think you will enjoy this video below on how I make time for art.
I've fit my art habit into my routine when it will be the least difficult. Monday mornings are the best time for me to be creative, but you can pick the best time for you. And these exercises are a great way to start the week. I'm already sitting down having a cup of morning tea to settle my stomach, and I will have my art Journal and supplies ready for it. The point of these exercises is to make something that will be relaxing, rejuvenating and rewarding and not make it something that makes life crazier.
If you join me, you'll be enjoying a drink of something you love (pick something). You will be spending time with a friend (that's me). And most importantly, you will find yourself thinking more creatively the more exercises we do. My hope is that this will be an enjoyable, consistent and valuable habit to add to your life.
Wednesdays on my Createful Art Youtube Channel I will continue to have art tutorials, but some changes are happening to them. I am focusing on addressing the responses to my last survey for the newsletter subscribers. The responses helped me know what the majority of you struggle with when trying to make art and what you want in my videos.
Do you want to know what the survey said? Survey respondents told me their biggest struggles are finding the time for art, knowing how to create art, not having the money for art, and finding motivation to create art. You want simple art tutorials with basic supplies. You like my acrylic, watercolor, and landscape projects the most. For my tutorials you don't want me to speed through the videos, you love the steps, and you like them to be under 20 minutes long. You like seeing my kids in the kids lessons on the Createful Kids Channel and like my drawing and painting lessons for the kids the most.
We will be publishing kids videos on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Createful Kids Channel. We will continue to provide fun, simple and quick drawing and painting tutorials for the kids. You asked for drawing, painting, and an art history course. We are working on those courses and will have them available this year!
Even with these changes Createful Art remains dedicated to helping you learn art and be creative. We will continue to provide a variety of art projects and various mediums on the website.
The best way I can serve you is through e-mail when you become a subscriber to the Createful Art Newsletter. I can let you know what is going on. Send you videos. Share blog posts like this one. And answer your questions. You can also tell me what you like and don't like anytime by hitting the reply button, it's that simple.
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