Staying motivated and energized, especially if you’re away from your studio this busy time of year, can be a challenge, but I have some ideas that can help.

Have a look here.

One is to be open to the possibility of change (for your work and life) in the new year by looking for clues in your recent work. For example, I recently completed a body of work for a show, and there’s one painting that grabs me. Something about it hints at what’s possible for my work in 2022, and that’s exciting and motivating!

Working differently can bring new energy and passion to your work, too. This could mean working smaller or using a sketchbook if you’re traveling, or out of the studio. Having materials on hand keeps creativity possible. I think of this as packing for the next journey into 2022. Staying energized is possible whenever and wherever you are.

How do you stay motivated in your work and life? Let me know in the comments.

The Art2Life Podcast, with guest artist Gary Ruddell coming out this Wednesday, relates to this idea of staying motivated. Gary is an accomplished artist who’s always possessed a boundless positive attitude. So I had to ask him how he keeps so motivated and energized. You’ll be surprised by not just his remarkable attitude but his work, too. I hope you’ll join me.

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One last thing: Since I recorded this, we confirmed that Lyla did not get sick. We are very thankful and ready to enjoy the holidays!

Enjoy your Sunday!
Nicholas Wilton

PS Check out the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art, and you are invited!