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Don’t think about making art, just get it done

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. – Andy Warhol

Get it done

Andy Warhol is dead.  He died on February 22nd, 1987. And, because he is dead, he can’t make art anymore.

Can a dead artist create new work? No, of course not. They are dead.

They can’t.

Once you are dead you are dead.

So while you are alive. Make art. When you finish one painting, sign it, frame it, hang it. Then make another one.

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

I don’t know why I don’t paint every day. When I paint is when I feel most alive. Maybe I don’t paint because I am scared to make a mistake. Maybe I don’t paint because I think I will live forever.

And one day follows the next, cleaning the dog and cat hair from the staircase, cleaning seven litter boxes, washing dishes, washing clothes, folding clothes, rearranging the boxes in the garage, while the paint dries in the tubes.

The quote by Andy Warhol makes sense. We don’t have to worry about what anyone thinks, we just have to keep creating. Love it or hate it. I don’t care.

We won’t live forever.

Make today count.

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

Get it done

 

p.s. I paint in layers with a palette knife. I started with a green acrylic paint, and after it dried I drew a rough outline with black charcoal. Well, actually I started with a layer of white gesso on the store-bought canvas.

Let me know in the comments if you want me to show you how I paint. I will make a short video showing my method.

 

About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Hello Laura,
    Now I just have to figure how to make it.
    xo
    Pamela

  • Mary Ann

    I don’t paint for that very reason, I feel like it looks awful, I love doing it though. Just can’t seem to get with it. Same with writing–I get so far and can’t get any further, don’t have any ideas. What do I do???

    • Hello Mary Ann,
      Thank you being vulnerable about how you feel about your painting and writing. I think we just keep doing the work. And we keep painting until it “feels right.”
      If you love painting. Then keep painting.
      The more you paint the more your eyes and your hands will work together.

      If I may recommend two books that talk about not listening to the negative voices in our head.
      “The War of Art.” and “Do The Work” both by Steven Pressfield.
      They have helped me with my art and my writing.
      xo
      Pamela

  • La McCoy

    Thank you my art teacher

    • Hello Laura,
      You are very welcome my dear friend.

  • nlazaris

    Pamela,
    What is so wonderful about your post is that it
    applies to any type of creating – writing, business building, spiritual growth
    decisions, etc. Doing the thing NOW, without our noisy inner critic sabotaging
    ourselves, moves us forward creatively and into new worlds of accomplishment.

    • Hi Nick,
      I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thank you for your insight. Yes, do it NOW, and move forward.
      Which is what I am going to do today.

  • I didn’t realize you used a knife. I love working with knives. But, I wish there was someone to teach me how to use them appropriately. You know, which knife does what. So, yes. I would love for you to show me how you paint. Do you paint with acrylic?

    • Hello Shelley,
      I didn’t know you painted with palette knives either. Actually I don’t know if there is a proper way to use a knife, I just experiment with them. I see everything as a potential way to make a mark.
      And, yes I use acrylic. What do you paint with?

  • I bought paints. I would like to see your video. I’ve never taken painting classes. I’m using a book that came with them.

    • Hello Eva,
      How exciting you bought paints. Creating is so much fun. Does the book help?
      I don’t use paintbrushes often because I forget to clean them.
      When I make it I will send it to you to preview.
      If you have any specific questions you can always e-mail me.

      • The book gives you patterns to try. However, I also downloaded pages of drawing ideas from a person’s blog that walks you through drawing patterns. It is to help you see things better.

        I didn’t know you could paint with knives. It is one thing the set did not come with. So, I’m going to use a butter knife :^).

    • La McCoy

      Eva so happy to see you. I love to play with art too. I have markers. colored pencils. I sketch most days. I am learning a tablet art program. Learning as i go. lmc

      • Hi Laura, I love markers, erasable pens, and pencils. I would write more with pencils if they did not smear. I like the feel as they go across the page. I’m really close to publishing my first book. I made the cover. I felt so proud :^) (The good kind, I hope.) I’m waiting for the proof copy.

        A tablet art program sounds interesting.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    love reading your stories, love you more my talented girl…………..Mom

    • Ah Mom,
      You are very sweet and very kind.
      I love you Mother of mine.