Struggling with motivation to start something? Have you spent hours wondering what the problem is? You have considered the weather, the time of year, the location even your gear but you can’t seem to get it together. Maybe you think if you had that new piece of equipment? A new shiny camera, gleaming in the window of your favorite shop, winking at you, whispering “buy me and all your problems will be no more” and your mouth is watering as you imagine holding it and looking through the view finder. Well this post might just save you some money then!
I was on the Open College of the Arts Flickr forum last week and I found these wise words from one of the tutors Peter J Haveland:
As an artist, regardless of medium, one awakes, shakes the sleep out of one’s head, breakfasts in one’s chosen way and faces the studio…whether there is a client being insistent, a show deadline on the horizon or simply a day to get through there is no point in waiting for the muse to strike, one simply has to get on with it and make work otherwise one will go to bed having nothing to show for all the angst of the day. The work may need redoing, it may need revising or it may simply need throwing away but work has been made and something will have been learned from the experience. At least a brief is a starting point, a suggestion, a guide on which to build…it may lead to nothing much or it may lead to good work but, again, something will be learned. The Constructivists had a good point in that we artists are just workers like any other, with eight hours a day five days a week to be engaged in that work, we are not special, we have no exclusive right to sit around waiting for ‘the right motivation’…we have a job to do and we must get on with it.