It all started with a dream and a pencil. Art has always been my passion from a very young age. I remember on a school trip to the British Museum, I was sat on a gallery bench with my pencil and pad, drawing the sculpture in front of me. Halfway through rendering, a woman stood beside me looking down at my observational drawing and the sculpture. She told me I was doing a great job and should pursue art. Chuffed with the compliment, I knew from that moment on that I wanted to become an artist. So I continued to fill my sketch pads and haven’t stopped since.
Like other artists, I’m drawing on my terms; I’m the manager who sets the deadlines. The boss who writes new briefs. The client who asks for specific changes. The assistant who researches all the content. The administrator who produces the work. I set the hours, pressure and motivation to stay focused.
However, I do suffer from creative blocks. Give me a blank canvas and I’ll have no idea what to put on it. I’d stare at it for ages not knowing where to begin. Being the CEO (don’t mind me, I like using that term) and administrator of Blame it on Art, I become so wrapped up with various tasks, I unknowingly obstruct inspiration from reaching me. Motivation waxes and wanes. It takes more than a quiet room to keep me focussed. Inspiration does not come in a bottle, does not reach you by mail and is not a phone call away.
Designers, artists and entrepreneurs all have personal go-to tips on ways to stay focused when they’re feeling burnt out. My list is pretty simple; I go out to visit museums and galleries, get some fresh air, have a change of scenery and collect images of colour palettes and patterns. I then store my findings in Labeled folders. Staying organised and on top of things.