Tutorial 4. Establishing consistency to work.

Throughout my years of painting and teaching, I have heard many times the frustration of those who would like to explore their creativity, but seem unable to establish consistency in their work.

Remember it’s better to do a quick warm up exercise for fifteen minutes a day than to have marathon painting sessions twice a year!

I would suggest three elements be put into place to do this exercise.

1) Pick the same 15 minutes every day – make sure it’s a time that works for you.
2) Set up a small table, such as a card table, which doesn’t have to be moved or cleared.
3) Turn off mobiles, or any other potential distractions.

It takes 28 days to form a new habit. If you follow this simple format three things will occur….
Consistency, technical skills, and most importantly observational skills will improve.

You can read more about this in my book ‘The Apple Exercise’ which can be found on the products page of my website at http://www.janetweightreed.co.uk

In this one minute video, I am playing with paint….I am using white paper, however newspaper or anything else will be fine.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama.

I came up with the ‘Apple Exercise’ over 30 years ago because in principle it is very simple and effective.

A Bientôt

10 thoughts on “Tutorial 4. Establishing consistency to work.

  1. ShimonZ

    I love your apple exercise and have adopted it for my own. And I agree with you completely, Janet… a few minutes every day, and we remember how much fun it is. Waiting for the right moment can be catastrophic (smile). Have a beautiful day.

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  2. Janet Williams

    Hi Janet,

    It’s so lovely to hear your voice! Your ‘simple’ steps actually are not that simple. To turn off mobiles can be difficult for some of us!
    It’s great that you set an achievable task — 28 days to form a new habit. You also highlighted observational skills — sometimes people forget how important observation is, to be able to read and analyse things. Observation is an important element in writing and learning a new language too.

    Thank you for your one-minute teaching and playing!

    Have a lovely day!

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    1. janetweightreed

      Thank you so much Janet for you comment. You are so right in saying that it’s not easy for people to turn their mobiles off, and for that matter to find 15 minutes a day where they are not doing anything!!
      Yes, as an artist I always say that observation, observation, observation is the key….and yes it would also be an extremely important element of writing.

      I have had writer friends use this exercise and it works very well for them…..f5 minutes of writing random thoughts down per day…can make the difference.

      Have a lovely day.

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