A Professional Seeks Order

I love this idea and live it daily.

Tidying up is not just something your mother told you to do, it’s a powerful habit that can keep your creativity soaring.

In fact I’ve had other artists make fun of me for my organization.

My materials go in the same place when I’m done and while I’m working.

After I’m done painting I clean my palette and my brushes.

I like my paper towels folded a certain way and stacked in a certain place so when I need them I don’t need to think about it I just grab one and wipe off my brush.

Have you ever been in the middle of a drawing and can’t find your pencil or eraser.


I hate that.

There is no quicker way to pull me out of flow then having to look for my materials.

I like what Steven Pressfield says:

“The professional cannot live like that. He is on a mission. He will not tolerate disorder. He eliminates chaos from his world in order to banish it from his mind. He wants the carpet vacuumed and the threshold swept, so the Muse may enter and not soil her gown.”

This isn’t about being obsessive compulsive.

It’s about removing everything that may interfere with creative flow.

We are all busy and the last thing we want taking up too much time is the search for the right materials you need to be creative.

If there is anything that will kill your motivation or sudden strike of insight is having to clean and organize just to get started.

This is why it’s so important to have all your materials organized and ready to begin a project at a moments notice.

How are you going to act on your powerful inspiration to paint if your paints are hidden away in the closet and you’re not sure where you brushes are?

Get organized and prepare for the Muse.

You never know when inspiration will strike, so be ready for it!

Chris Beaven

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