Having abandoned my “poisonous checklist“, I sat down to write a new one. My intent was for everything on this new checklist to be something that could happen right away, and that is in my control. I am done waiting around and being disappointed.
When I sat down to write, I was surprised to discover that actually, there is no new checklist. Instead, I am giving myself one simple purpose:
This is truly the only objective that is entirely my responsibility, and that can happen right now. If I’m having fun, career advancement and financial return don’t matter. Creating a wonderful experience for myself ensures that everything I do will be worth it. Unlike most things in life, this is something I can guarantee for myself.
To fuel this goal, I am investing in two primary actions:
1) Make changes.
I’ve decided that if I don’t like the way things are, then I need to take action to change my situation. Over the past few months, I’ve been taking baby steps, and it’s been invigorating. (at this point all I can say is that things are percolating, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you why soon!) If things don’t work out, at least I can say that I tried.
2) Savor little victories.
A few weeks ago, a student wrote to me: “You really respected me to make my own choices and to create my own drawing style. I felt valued and respected being an artist in your class.” Teaching can be tough at times, but gems always manage to emerge that I have to remind myself to hold onto.
Like this post? Check out Ask the Art Prof Live, a weekly live video broadcast on my Facebook page where I provide professional advice for art students and professional artists. Ask the Art Prof began as a written column in 2013 and was featured in the Huffington Post from 2013-2015. Ask me your questions by commenting on the live video post as the video streams, and I’ll answer right away. I’ll discuss being an artist today, art technique & materials, work strategies for artists, career advice, teaching art, and more. Like my Facebook page and you’ll receive a notification when each live video begins.
Video Critique Program
I offer 30 minute video critiques on 8-20 artworks for aspiring/professional artists working on a body of artwork, and for students working on an art portfolio for college admission. Watch sample video critiques and get more info here.
Subscribe to my email list! I send announcements only a few times a year.
4 thoughts on “One Simple Purpose”
Thank you for post. So true!
This is wonderful, Clara. I wish you the best in staying on this new track, because it sounds perfect for the now. It is easy to forget to celebrate the little victories and achievements when you have a bigger list looming.
Thanks for your thoughts Gina!
Just being able to create something is a BIG and GREAT achievement in itself. So I think one should never lose hope and keep enjoying our precious creative skills.