Can't be bothered to paint?
Can't be bothered to paint? Are you planning on getting loads done but for one reason or another you just can't be bothered? Can you not find the motivation in you to pick up your brush and start painting? Would you rather do something else? Well, go and do something else!
Stop sitting around
The more you sit around trying to motivate yourself to paint, the more time you're just going to waste. Rather than just sitting around killing time, get up and do something productive, yet completely different from painting. Go for a nice drive, do some reading, watch some TV or even just do a bit of cleaning. Do anything whatsoever that will take your mind off painting. Clearing your mind will enable you to approach your painting with renewed motivation and a fresh perspective.
Set yourself a deadline
You've already lost some time by not being bothered to paint. To make up for this, set yourself a deadline and try your very best to stick to it. For example, you might want to get a sunset painted, but you were struggling and couldn't be bothered to finish it. Well, give yourself a deadline and make sure you get it finished by then. Obviously, you don't want to rush yourself, so set a deadline you can realistically meet. The good thing about deadlines, any targets in general, is that you feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach them.
Why are you painting?
You've set yourself a deadline but you need to be motivated enough to reach it. One useful way of motivating yourself is to think about why you're painting. Is painting just a hobby or is it a way of making money? Whatever it is to you, bear this in mind as you approach painting and you're working to a deadline. Motivating yourself by having a deadline is a good way of pushing yourself to get a good amount of work done.
So the next time you can't be bothered to paint, don't waste any more time than you have to. Just take a step back and do something else for a little while to clear your head. Then come back to your painting and make up for the time you've wasted by working as effectively as possible. It's much better to take some time out and come back motivated, rather than spending ages getting yourself worked up over a painting that's going nowhere.
Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and specialises in painting Berkshire landscapes. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx