A Day in the Life of an Artist: Desperately Seeking Motivation

I got jack diddly squat done this week. I might have made one good meal. I had a few good ideas, but they sat on the shelf while I surfed Instagram (@kelleewynnestudios). There is a pile of pictures and frames on the dining room table that have been sitting patiently since Sunday waiting to be hung, just glad they are not locked away in a trunk anymore. Something smells in the kitchen and it’s probably the garbage. My kids are bored with nothing to do – homework I say! – but at last that’s done. I don’t think I got dressed before noon once. I guess you could say I have lost focus already.

 I wake up wanting to do something fabulous with my day. The sunrise spreads little rays of hope that I will really do something creative and new and special with my precious time. But before long time gets plucked away from me. The minutes are squandered and I am stuck somewhere between fear and the internet. I have all the resources at my finger tips but what if I step out on the wrong path? What if I finally get around to writing, but no one reads it? What if I make a cute bird print, but the idea for a four foot abstract would have been better? What if the laundry still needs to be switched over?
How easy it seems to get lost in our own desperate attempts to start something new. When I was a kid the future seemed overflowing with possibilities. I could be a dancer, a teacher, an artist, a veterinarian…there was an endless parade of choices before me. Nothing has changed except the time crunch and my mountain of dreams crushing me alive. So I put them all aside and focus on the job I usually know best - taking care of monkeys. It’s easier than climbing the mountain as these excuses keep rolling in one after the other.
I’ll do it one day, you’ll see. I’ll start painting or writing a novel or start a mass media frenzy…as soon as I sort through my closets and clean out my mind, put the Kindle down and stop postponing my future. You’ll see…if you keep following me…
Tell me how you have the motivation to keep going with your dreams? How do you find the MoJo to have the best week ever? 

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  -Albert Einstein
Originally posted on mylifewithmonkeys.com 1/13/2012


  1. I'm low on motivation too. Must be the time of year making me hibernate. It usually helps to read something new, watch a movie, or listen to some music. But I haven't painted in days.

    1. Hi Linda...winter is very difficult for all my artist friends! I know when the days are longer we will all feel like creating more! Spring = growth!

  2. Be gentle with yourself, Kellee, and take time to think of something that you appreciate an meditate within your heart. Then you will more easily get through the stuck places. Also, just sit with the energy of fear, without judgment and then it can more easily dissolve into the ethers. We all feel fear especially when big dreams are aloft taking us away from smallness to all we really are. Blessings to you. Carie

    1. Thank you for your kind words. If you will indulge me, though, this was written two years ago on an old blog of mine that was unkindly hijacked and now unavailable to the public, so I am reposting some of the things I had written from that time. I like being able to speak to the feelings of all the creatives that stumble upon this blog and give a little insight to the "creative process" Fortunately right now I am more productive than not. BUt you never know when you will hit a slump, so I will remember your advice...and maybe other who read it will to..."Be Gentle." :)


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