Monday, December 31, 2012

The 1st CBIG post of 2013: Procrastination

Several months ago I offered to write the January, 2013 article for the CBIG blog. No problem - plenty of time. What a shock to realize tomorrow was January 1st and I hadn't even a topic in mind. That is what I call procrastination, so therefore - my subject.

I wonder how many artists procrastinate when it comes to working on art projects.  Creating art is suppose to be something artists love to do, right? Then why do I keep avoiding it? I’ve come to the conclusion I’m afraid I can’t meet my own standards. Why do I feel this way? It's obviously a lack of practice!  In my "disciplined" Atelier student days, I was quite happy with the artwork I produced. It’s sort of a catch 22 thing, I think. Nowadays I don’t paint as much, so therefore my work suffers, so then I’m afraid to tackle something new. How is it going to improve my confidence if I don’t make a stronger effort?

"I've come to the conclusion I'm afraid I can't meet my own standards."

Perhaps someone out there has advice to share. In the meantime, I’m going to make a New Year’s resolution to work harder while trying to enjoy what I’m doing, and hope, hope, hope I can stick to it.

Marilyn Brown is the illustrator of a number of picture books, including "The Station" and "Girls Can!" For more information, contact her by email 

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barb bjornson said...

I love your posting Marilyn on Procrastination. Do you know what I am doing right now? Procrastinating. I have a project to work on but I am on the computer checking out FB, etc. I may even clean my studio before the day ends. You aren't alone Marilyn. :o)

Shawn McCann said...

Yes Marilyn, this is definitely a problem for myself as well! Guess it is the excitement of being under pressure and having to get a project completed at the last minute. Or I am just a procrastinator at heart:) Thanks for this great article

scottspinks said...

Aaah, Marilyn! You have made me feel guilty about watching Hulu during my lunch break. :) I guess I had better get back to work...deadlines looming.

Thanks for the honest words, Marilyn.

Sharon Wagner said...

Good topic Marilyn! We've all been there. At least no one can see us surfing the net in our studios when we should be painting. Anonymous procrastination.