Time is a limited resource we have, and we don’t know how much of it we get in our lives therefore you must be assertive about how you spend this incredibly valuable resource.
As an artist, you might be aware of how much time you spend on your craft and maybe you heard how much time other fellow artists give to improve their craft. Although you know that your friend artist works for 5 hours a day on his craft, but you work only 3 hours every day that doesn’t mean you have to give more time because more time might not work for you.
There is a huge return you will get from allowing yourself to work long hours on a piece of artwork or a study because more time means that you face more challenges so the opportunity of growing might appear faster.
The interesting quality of time is that it can reveal or hide. As you have noticed in sports, photographers take a picture at the finishing line to reveal who was the first runner to reach the end of the sprint. Without that picture, the athletes would run too fast for the judges to decide on how the podium will look after the race.
Is speed how we measure time beyond seconds, minutes, and hours? Maybe not, however in the case that you are an artist, and you would like to grow and improve your craft maybe speed can become the way you look at time. Like the quick shot of the photographer which stops the time for the judges to take a decision, you as an artist can slow down to get an insight into what is going on while you are drawing.
Do you have a pen and paper around you? If yes, pick it up and draw two circles at different speeds. Give yourself 2 seconds for the first one and 15 seconds for the second one. Hit pause come back when you’re done.
Great! Now look at the result and notice the differences. It doesn’t matter which of the two circles is better and rounder, what matters is what happened during the drawing process. For the second circle you had the time to adjust or decide how to travel that path so that you increase your chances of ending up with a circle. Slowing down reveals a lot about what’s going on after the pencil hits the paper and starts moving around.