Welcome back to a new post and video!
This week I talk about how studying art can become a form of procrastination.
When I was still art blocked one of my problems wasn’t that I was doing nothing at all.
I was studying hard. I consumed tons of books, articles, blogs and videos on art making. They have taught me quite a bit.
The problem was: that was all I did.
The moment I wanted to start something I either froze up, or I stopped whenever things got hard. What’s worse: on some days, just consuming the info made my brain feel like I had at least done something. And it would let myself of the hook when it came to actually doing something.
Yet, when I came out of my art block, nothing has taught me more than actually working on the art itself.
Aside from some actual courses that gave me homework so I immediately could apply the theory to my homework, the consuming of info was just procrastination most of the time.
That’s what I realized when I recorded this video. I had spend so much time trying to get the info I needed to go forward, but all the while, what I really needed was to struggle through the hard parts of the things I had never done before.
I needed to start making the art.
I will talk about art block and ways to overcome it in future videos. For now, I want to give you a peek into the stacks of paper I gathered from all the learning. And how little I actually remember from it:
Theory is good when you need it. But when all that is said and done, all that’s left is putting the theory into practice.
What will you do this week that helps you move from theory to practical experience? Is there anything you can work on, using the knowledge you already have?
Remember to keep it tiny if you are overwhelmed. If you need inspiration for that, here is a list of 30 tiny projects, any of which you could take up to start small.
Let me know in the comments if we can help you with anything or leave a comment when you want to share your experience.
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