Making more art: get on with it already

I thought a lot about this quote recently:
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
-- Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait (1889),
via Wikimedia Commons
I've had a really hard time silencing that voice for the past three months, even while the rest of me kept thinking of new art to make. Instead of working, however, I've been wasting time -- yeah, I said it -- worrying. Fretting about the right venue in which to sell my art, and how to find collectors who will connect with what I do.
 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
Here's how I got over myself and started making again:
  • I chose to start working toward an exhibit deadline I know I can meet.
  • I painted while I let The Boy and TwoBoo watch TV. 
  • When the kids got bored, I told them, "find something to do that doesn't involve a screen." I then ignored the whining that followed. 
They found something to do.

Sometimes I do look for something creative for them to do alongside me, but not always. They can make their own magic. I can make my own, too. And yet I'm still forgetting and relearning this lesson, so clearly I have some work to do.
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.
-- Chuck Close
Do you have a prompt/trick/method to help you get to work? Tell me in the comments or on Facebook.
Posted on April 4, 2014 and filed under "art quotes", "work-in-progress".