What Keeps You Motivated As An Artist #2



In the blog post of 17 april [click here], we spoke with Paula Destefanis, Kika Pierides and Tavaris Brooks about how they keep motivated. As we got such great feedback, we asked some other artists to write about this topic aswell.


It is now the turn for Cbvisualart, Patricia Lambertus, Katie B Temple and Matthew Capaldo. We spoke with them and got great stories, personal experiences and tips. Let’s scroll down to read it all.


Feeling Limitless.

‘The fact that one second of a movie consist of 24/25 single pictures let me feel absolutely limitless.’ Says Cbvisualart


Cbvisual is an an Visual artist & filmmaker who is making paintings. All her paintings helps her to find new and interesting styles for her movie.


‘The paintings motivate and inspire me to bring the pictures to life – this is magic. In this way I can show the story behind the paintings and to immerse in a mysterious world – accompanied by music. I love to use the power & dramaturgy of film. The combination of pictures and sound can create so many emotions and feelings which are deeper in perception. I feel me motivated and happy to know that I have the chance to create a film which is full with emotions & feelings and can fascinate people’ Says Cbvisualart


A lifelong process

Art is always a lifelong process and a single art piece shows the current intermediate status of it.


‘So the question of keeping myself motivated to stick to the flowing process is very diverse to answer. On the one hand I need deadlines for finishing an idea and to get it realized in an exhibition. Exhibitions are the interface between my studio and the public – the interface between my thoughts and the world.’ Says Patricia Lambertus


‘On the other hand I need my network of artists and curator friends to stay motivated. Mostly I meet them  on openings, in exhibitions or on artfairs, or I stay in contact via mail or phone. also applications for residencies and open calls etc. So we talk about new ideas and we plan new upcoming art projects and exhibitions. The best motivation is when I am in a artistresidency.’ Says Patricia Lambertus


YES – it’s a process

‘Staying motivated involves immersing myself within the artistic process as much as possible. As a narrative painter, this includes not only making marks on canvas but looking; conceptualizing; exploring emotions and situations, and sometimes just emptying the mind so new ideas and feelings can enter. The more I involve the interior, intangible aspects of myself with the external, end result of the completed painting, the more engaged and motivated I become with the whole process.’ Says Matthew Capaldo


Motivation is a full-time job

Having motivation for an artist is a full-time job in itself. ‘Since most visual artists work independently, having self-motivation is key to keeping up the momentum day-to-day. It is very easy to just ‘throw in the towel’ and just stop making, especially if you have artist’s block or other things prohibiting you from getting you to your studio.’ Says Katie B Temple


Katie is an an artist with a full-time job at an art non-profit and a parent to a spunky and active toddler. She certainly has plenty of reasons why she could not be motivated. Lack of time. Lack of sleep. Lack of [insert reason here]. For her, she continues to have an active studio practice because she CHOOSES to stay motivated. ‘Not letting anything get in my way is very empowering!’ 


[Comment SHC team: Wow! YOU HAVE POWER GIRL]


Setting goals

‘The other way that I stay motivated is by giving myself goals; realistic and achievable goals. The goals should be attainable but not necessarily easy. I also don’t want to give myself a goal that isn’t achievable at all. I look at my practice and decide what I want to do and where I want to go. Some goals for me might include: Spend time expanding my social media accounts. Experiment with a new material in my work. Re-photograph work to upload to my website. Research and apply to out-of-state exhibitions.’ Says Katie



‘The second part of staying motivated is giving myself deadlines to those goals; again, realistic and achievable deadlines. Goals like: Spend time expanding my social media accounts might be a 1 month deadline, experiment with a new material in my work might be a 3 month deadline, re-photograph work to upload to my website might be a 6 month deadline, and research and apply to out-of-state exhibitions might be a 9 month deadline.’ Says Katie



‘The last part of staying motivated as an artist which is the utmost important for my studio practice is: get into my studio every single day! Like I said before, I always have reasons to NOT be creative. No matter what I have in my way, I make sure to make it to my studio every single day. Of course, some days I get more done than others but that is okay. I make sure to give myself wiggle-room. What is important is that I am making an effort and keeping focused.’ Says Katie


Matthew aims that too. It’s all about investing hours and having practice. ‘It’s also crucial for me to keep regular studio hours each day. Focusing on the physical work of making art provides me with an undeniable source of comfort as well as an outlet to productively explore the light and shadow aspects of what it means to be an individual within and apart from society. Knowing that I will most likely achieve this at the end of a work day is a great motivator for me.’ Says Matthew Capaldo


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