Art and value of time
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Published: September 28, 2014

Our lives go by so fast and the time for what we really want to do is limited. So, how to wisely value our time, how to make the best of every single day and keep on creating? 

Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 


8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

1. Priorities
Sort what are the most important things you need to do as soon as possible and start with that. Make a list with what needs to be done and sort them by how necessary it is to do them, how much time it will aproximately take and how the result could impact your life. We have to make constant sacrifices in order to achieve our goals - instead of watching that useless youtube video, instead of checking e-mail and social media sites all the time, instead of whining that there is no time, but actually using what we have - everyone of us have 24h in a day, the difference between those who don't achieve anything and those who make great things and are succesfull, is that they know their priorities, their dreams and work every single day.

2. Feeling overwhelmed
Nowadays It's not easy to manage our everyday lives, as there is so much to do for every one of us - school, work, other things and responsibilities. We have to make decisions constanly in order to not procrastinate and plan our days accordingly to our needs. Sometimes we tend to feel overwhelmed, and it frequently leads to avoiding the problems and doing random stuff and wasting our time. If it happens - take a break. Step away from everything. (would suggest to change the environment by going outside, breathing some fresh air). Think before you act. Think about what makes you feel anxious. 
Perhaps, you know that you should be doing something more important instead. Perhaps, you want to do so many things and when you do one, you have regrets about everything else. Perhaps, you can't decide what exactly to do, what to focus on and then you feel helpless and sad, because it just feels that you haven't done anything productive.
You have to remember that you're not the only one who deals with such everyday struggle, ask for advice if you need it, communicate with others, read/listen to how other artists deal with these problems and remember that you have to stay calm and face your fears and struggles, and that "running away" and "delaying till the last moment" never helps. 

3. Family and school 
There are some things that you just have to cope with. If you are still studying in school - you have so much free time (it of course depends where and what you study). If studying for the test/exam the night before somehow worked before it may not happen in future life. If you complain that you don't have time because of school or family - then you are just blaming them, instead of managing your time properly. Try to find balance, structure your time, plan when you need to. Talk with your family - try to find ways to spend time on your passion and time with them. 

4. Making decisions
Which decisions help you to become a better artist, a better person? What will matter after 5, 10 years? 
I tend to be so indecisive, but I have to remind myself that I have to make choices and then to be okay with the consequences. Sometimes the drawing just doesn't work out and we have to start over again.  Sometimes we fail, but we learn so much in the process. And it takes time... and sometimes we have to challenge ourselves - getting away from comfort zone, but not leaving it completely. So often we don't do something just because we are afraid that it won't be successful, that noone will like it.. but you know - if you stay true to yourself and keep doing what you love with that inner drive and dedication, taking risks and pushing your boundaries, you will be suprised of what you're able to achieve.
(The answers to indecision are always in the action of drawing/painting)

5. Knowing the value of time
Somehow it's easy to forget that our lives are so fragile. That only when live hits us really damn hard - by having health issues (or near death experience), or when a relative, friend or pet dies. It changes you. 
It makes you to realize that we never know when our time comes, that every single day we should be glad that we are alive and aprecciate it.
We tend to tell ourselves that after some time we will life our life to the fullest - that when all those great things will happen, only then we'll reach the happiness that we always wanted. But you know.. as you read this.. you are alive and able to make so many amazing things. You have everything you need to do that, now, at this very moment. You don't have to experience something awful in order to realize that you are in charge of your own life and that tomorrow isn't guaranteed. 
You, and only you can do the best of every single day of your life and realize that you can't change past, but with today's actions make your tomorrows even better. 

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain." (Vivian Greene)


So, how about you - what are your thoughts about value of time? 

This week I found some lovely resources - great article on 99u - "Energy, Time, Priority, Work/Life: 4 New Ways To Organize Your To-Do List", also - Editing secrets from legendary editor Walter Murch (mind blowing info about the relation of blinking and video/film cutting in scenes), The Croquis Cafe: The Artist Model Resource - great for gesture/figure drawing practice, amazing Yun Free Stock Photos - free stock photos, over 6000 images in high resolution, incredibly inspiring tumblr blog by Reluin and creative video (that Erudithral kindly shared with me in last journal) about art process of Mark IllingSean Karemaker and Jon Shaw.






P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.cm/  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 
(and thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes) ^^ 

Have a wonderful week!

"Everybody has this guilt complex that they’re no good, that they’re not talented, that they’re useless, that there’s something wrong with them. It’s not true. There’s nothing wrong with any of you out there, there’s nothing wrong with you. You shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting. People will repress themselves from even allowing themselves to want…. At least allow yourselves to want."

John Lennon
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HowlingFromADistance's avatar
HowlingFromADistanceStudent Artist
This is amazingly helpful and inspiring, thank you so much.
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WiRE4kHobbyist Writer
It reminded me once again that time's not to waste. It's very helpful to be reminded of what's important in life from time to time, as in the daily struggles those are the things easiest to forget. Thank you for that.
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Thanks! I love it!! :heart:
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I rarely fave journals, but this one deserves it.
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QwQ arigatou snowmarite san
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ZeroNeroProfessional Filmographer
Inspiring thoughts, thank you! :D Also, beautiful artwork you have here! Keep up the great job! :)
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:iconclapplz:

So many things i've heard over my short life, and so many things I know I need to remind myself of every day.  Take car of your amazing brain, and you two will go very far.  I always feel weird wanting to fav a journal, but this one needs all the fav's. 
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Bedajh20Student General Artist
this is incredibly insightful and a very motivating read, thanks for taking the time to make this for those of us who may have lost our way on our journey to achieve our goals, just letting you know this reached me on a serious note, thanks XD
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Accidentally saw this, perfect article for my concerns... Ahh it's hard to make sacrifice 
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Great writing like always, I really love to read thing like this ^^.
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yumashiyansterStudent Traditional Artist
Yep school does make you take your time but hey, you can learn new stuff... I always draw in class since i'm what people would call a 'loner'.. i'm always on my own sitting in my chair in class. I have friends of course but i'd rather be alone than be with them .. Drawing during recess and before the school starts is my thing.. i also draw during class time but i listen too so it's alright... The video was inspiring.. thank you for that :)
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SaskiaDeKorteProfessional General Artist
Nice journal and bonus points for Tom Hiddleston who is a very inspirational and motivational person :3
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PercyPoStudent Filmographer
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
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LadyKylinHobbyist
I am taking an art course, and one of the things the teacher says constnatly is that the biggest thing he hates about modern education is how it ingrains the idea of faliure being bad. The fear of faliure is the downfall of creativity.

Art is experimentation, pushing the limits, and doing things you don't think you can do.

But you do need to prioritize, and be aware of what your doing with your time. When I show people my artword they often say something about wishing they had time to draw and pratice, and then procedded to talk about the latest episode of someshow, or about how they are finnaly leve 70 in some game or another.

It was a serious momment for me when I saw that I'd spent over 50 hours playing Dragon age. Which was when I decided video games had to take the backseat to art.
And it's starting to paid off, I've got art hanging at a local gallery as part of a juried show. That would never have happened if I'd let other thigns take priority in my free time.

Course things like family can't really take a backseat, but so far that's not been a problem.

In short. Time is the most valuable thing in the world.
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Haruka--chanStudent Traditional Artist
Wow, this is SO helpful and SO inspiring! I will try these tips out! Thank you so much!!! ^____^
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MutateddragoneteHobbyist General Artist
Thank you for doing thank you for doing these journals!!
aegiandyad's avatar
The less I have left, the more of it I want to spend making unique and enduring images. I want to do it quickly, but without sacrificing too much in craftsmanship or quality. I want to show people some of the things I've seen and imagined before it's too late.
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Mashimoshi General Artist
You always manage to write inspiring and variated journals about art problems.
This one is one of my favs right now, since I really struggle with prioritizing myself. I can for example draw now instead of writing this comment xD But yeah, we have to take breaks too and get inspiration somewhere else. That last one really got me. About taking the life for granted sometimes. Thanks for another awesome journal post.
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Thank you so much Meow :3 
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NokinamiHobbyist Digital Artist
:iconslyfoxiio: look! She got that storm-rein thing too 8D
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Ahaha England xD that was great.
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Yupyup xD
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Laughingskull421Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this. I agree we should allow ourselves to want. one thing I want is a life beyond death. that would make at least two so I suppose that fits. sorry.. went off track a bit.. the 1-5 was very helpful. I really like your journals, keep it up!
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