It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

~ Confucius

It’s easy to set a goal for ourselves that looks something along the lines of, “Create something every day.” This sets us up for failure. If the goal was set for January 1st and on the second we miss a day… we’ve already failed at the year! What if we reworded our goal to “Create something dailyish.” This goal allows us to prioritize progress over perfection. By committing to regular, consistent effort, we can build momentum and make tangible strides towards our goal. It involves pushing ourselves to put in more effort than we might otherwise, while still being gentle with ourselves and avoiding a rigid, all-or-nothing mindset.

  • This week’s artist is – Peter Deligdisch – whose work was shared with me by a customer’s friend. Two gentlemen came in to the store, one grabbing supplies and the other watching videos on his phone. The friend asked what he was watching and he said “Peter Draws, I could watch him draw all day.” So, of course, I had to check out his work for myself! You can see for yourself on his youtube and instagram!

At its core, “dailyish” is about getting out of our own way and shifting our focus towards the work itself. It’s important to remember that productivity is about what we create, not about our personal record of achievements. By embracing a flexible, forgiving mindset, we can let go of the desire for a one-size-fits-all solution and instead focus on consistent effort and showing up to do the work. This approach can help us bring our creative vision to life and achieve our goals over time. After all, the important part is creating, because the world needs your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew

P.S. – As a reminder, we’re going to be having a spring clean art supply drive in April. We’ll take in donations of art supplies and materials that you aren’t using and distribute them all to an organization or two who can really put them to great use. So while you’re looking through your supplies, keep that in mind. Note the things that you aren’t using and haven’t in some time. We’ll send out reminders when we start accepting donations.