Michael Treco’s experience in art has been a major grounding force in his life. He recognizes that- even with good things- there can be times where one may feel as though staying motivated is tough. “Creative slumps” as many artists call them are a very real feeling that impacts many artists as they work on their projects, and it can be easy to feel as though these feelings will negatively impact their creative process.
Michael speaks to how creative slumps are nothing to be ashamed about and are quite common. In fact, artists over time have developed tried and true methods for staying the course and remaining motivated through all of life’s ups and downs. Here, he shares just a few examples of ways that artists can stay motivated to hone their craft.
Have a Routine
Having a routine can be a huge asset to helping an artist keep their motivation and creative spark. Naturally, one’s routine may depend heavily on their day to day life. For example, full-time artists may want to work on a routine where they can have moments to fully dedicate themselves to their work. Even if it does not have the same structure as a 9-5, clearly defined goals and timelines are your friend when it comes to staying on track.
Artists who do not work on art full time may find that they need to be deliberate in setting aside moments where they can work. Having certain days or pockets of time throughout the week where you know you can work on your projects is excellent for ensuring that you do. Finding the perfect balance of structure for projects is key to remaining motivated to practice.
Set Realistic Goals
Routines are great to get you in the studio to work, but without goals, it can be hard to maintain a strong focus and motivation. Goals can range from short, medium, to long term and it is important for artists to think about what they want to accomplish as an artist. Short-term goals, for example, may be to start a new project or experiment with a new medium, whereas long-term goals may include specific developments as an artist such as completing a full project. Goals are key to staying motivated as working towards and completing them provides fulfillment that keeps artists in tune with their growth. If you are having trouble developing realistic goals, try to start small with immediate goals that can fuel your passion for evolving as an artist.
Find Your Muses
Inspiration is excellent fuel for motivation. After all, there is a reason why artists are frequently seeking it out. It is important to remember that inspiration in its purest form may not hit you every day. Still, if you know what muses tend to speak to you, you can find inspiration in all types of places throughout your everyday life. For example, some people find inspiration through exploring or relaxing in nature, while others are most rejuvenated through time with friends and family or through collaboration with other artists. Whatever your inspirations may be, they are a powerful tool for staying motivated through even the toughest times for your creativity.
Be Patient and Trust the Process
Many artists start with so many ideas of where they should be at a certain point that they lose focus of the fact that the process is the most important part. While we can and should desire to grow as we work on our artistic process, know that patience is a virtue when practicing any skill worth learning. Those who are only focused on evolving quickly are often the type to drop the process at the first sign of an obstacle. If you are interested in art, Michael Treco recommends trusting your process as an artist. Sure, you can be serious about developing your skills and creating high-quality art- but you will likely have a better experience if it is balanced with a genuine enjoyment for the process.