Famous Excuse

An excuse I hear plenty is “I don’t have time.” If you don’t have time, then you don’t want to do it in the first place. There are only so many hours in the day, but with that said, there is always time to do something you really want to do. If you want something that badly, you’d make the time. Turn off the TV or put down the gaming device. Take a half an hour. You have to love painting more than entertainment. I made ½ hour to play my guitar per day, and it has benefited my skills as a guitarist. So, I play every day for a half hour. It’s never at the same half hour, but it happens daily. Which brings me to a famous quote: “Half of life is just showing up.”

There is one, and only one personal excuse you can make for not having time to paint (or do something you really want to do). That excuse is “I’m sick.” Yes, there are thousands of instances that make you unable to paint that day. However, you do not control the world or anybody else, you can only control yourself. And there is only one excuse. So, the point is, for half hour per day show up to your easel/desk/kitchen table. That’s it. Show up, sit there for a half hour. Paint if you want to, or not. It’s up to you. In fact, if you have trouble making time, there is an opportunity to figure out why you are having a complex with painting.

If you sit there for a half hour, it’ll give you time to think. Think about why you like to paint. Think about what you’d like to do. If you have a negative thought, acknowledge it and then immediately push it away. Focusing on the positive will remind you of why you purchased your art equipment in the first place.