I am frequently on the receiving end of artists' complaints about all of the computer work they have to do. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and then writing a blog post, sending an email, organizing photos … you know the list.
Yes, there is a lot of digital work that is required of today’s artists. And aren’t you lucky to have these free or low-cost tools that artists two decades ago didn’t have to share their art? (It’s a good idea to remember this now and then.)
In some instances, I find that artists who spend excessive amounts of time on the computer are doing so at the peril of their artwork.
In other words, they're unconsciously doing it to avoid the studio work. And, let's face it: The studio work is the harder work.
I don’t care how much you say you enjoy making art. When the pressure is on to show and sell your work, the creative process can be brutal.
It’s super easy to type, respond to comments, and “like” other people’s posts. You could waste all kinds of time doing that and that’s exactly what you’d be doing. Wasting time.
Don’t get me wrong: You can’t avoid these tasks entirely. But your days should be heavily weighted toward making art.
Are you using your computer work as an excuse to avoid engaging with your more important work?
You Are Not Alone
Please know that when you’re struggling to make art, you are not alone. All artists have phases that are more successful for creating than others.
It’s when the phase becomes your modus operandi that it is no longer acceptable. If you haven’t worked in the studio for days or weeks,