Want More Art Time?

The best way to improve anything is to measure it. So if you want more art time, measure the time you do spend.

This idea was brought on by my new practice of logging my time in the AM so that I’m super focused in my art making with the limited time I have.

I want to communicate the power of measuring your time and being consciously aware of how you spend your time all day. This you we can see in black and white where all your time goes and compare that with your art goals.

If you analyze the time you spend all day and it doesn’t match up with what you really want to accomplish then you have a clear direction of what needs to change.

What tasks can you replace with practice that gets you closer to your highest purpose in life?

This is practice that Marie Forlio suggested in her book Everything is Figureoutable. She has you write down how you spend every minute of your day. She also stresses the importance of spending as much time as possible daily on your dream. It’s a wonderful practice for combating the prevalent excuse of not having enough time in the day for what is most important.

This practicing of measuring is also suggested by Tom Rath in his book EAt Move Sleep.

“One little secret of medicine and social science is how measurement itself creates improvement…”

“If you want to increase your activity, measure how much you move. When people are assigned to wear a pedometer as part of randomized controlled trials, they walk at least one extra mile per day on average. Overall activity levels go up by 27 percent. Body Mass Index (BMI) decreases, and blood pressure goes down.”

Tom Rath

While measuring my AM routine I was able to find even more time for my art and feel more actualized, productive and proud of myself for rocking my mornings. After my AM creative time is done the rest of the day is a breeze. Even if the rest of my day is terrible I feel accomplished for my morning.

How About you? Do you want more art time?

Don’t think you have enough time for daily practice? How can you measure your day and put more time into your creative habit?

Fandom Fitness Drawing

I have only so much I can do on the Buffy drawing right now because I need to take some photos of Pattie and user her arms as stand-ins for Buffy’s. I don’t like the arms I have right now, they were pulled from stock photo sites and don’t work well. If I can get some photos taken today then I can continue on the drawing tomorrow, else I will have to put it down until I can.

Buffy the vampire slayer drawing

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The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


One Minute Gestures

One minute gestures exercise from the The Natural Way to Draw book.

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Another super focused art morning!

What needs work? What did you learn?

I always want more art time in the morning before I start my Job.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Keep Optimizing my art time.

Session Details

  • Session: 2869
  • Work: 1753
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 18"
  • Medium: Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 3.5
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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