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Do It Because It Makes You Happy

Wanting to get better at creative tasks has this effect of completly destroying your enjoyment of it...


When it moves from being something you look forward to to something you actively avoid. The truth is that your really shouldn't be doing it if you hate it that much...


Think about the painting you've set out to do - what about it puts you off starting it so much? Is it the expectation? The inevitable failure? Because you'd rather be doing something else?


I think if you want to create, whatever it is, if you start feeling like it's a grind there are solid steps you can take to reverse that state of mind and get back to feeling the pure joy of it...


Really the most important is to lower you expectations. You need to be okay with inevitably failing and falling short of your crazy dreams, don't do it for the far off goal of being a badass artist but just the joy of the making expereince..


If you feel it is a grind, no matter how vauge your aim is, there is something wrong you have to get rid of in your mind's eye...


The second is to stop listening to the outside world (that voice in your head) that tells you you have to be a certain level or do it a certain way. there are so many models for success, so many contradictions and completley opposite methods artists use to acheive mastery - what works for some doesn't for others, just find out what works for you and disregard everything else...


Do it for yourself. Don't do it for followers, likes, reputation or accolades...


Do it for the happiness it gives you...


The truth is that those things are earned not through your persistent chasing of them, but from your persistent love of your work.



Bookay, Stuart Faromarz Batchelor. Gouache and Code. 2019