It’s not unusual for artists to become frustrated when  struggling with a painting or another creation.

This feeling is widely known as artistic temperament.

I certainly have had days where I allow my painting frustrations to ruin a good day.  

Notice the word – allow?

Yes, we actually let or allow ourselves to get upset.  Now, that statement may have upset you, but think about it.  We do have control over our own thoughts and how we react to things.

Here are some ways to deflect the oncoming feelings of artistic temperament:

Here are some easy anti-stress tips:

  • Take time to get some fresh air.  The sun and air do wonders for an artist who spends her/his time in a stuffy, fumy studio.
  • Meditate
  • Listen to calming music.
  • Take a coffee break (decaf if you are battling stress) A fifteen minute break can give you a fresh perspective.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Or…( and I like this one) go to your art supply store and treat yourself to some new brushes!  Happy brushes help to make happy painting time.
  • Check your work habits!
  • Catch up on the business side of your art.  Getting some of that out of the way always makes me feel better. Clean your studio or catch up on laundry, dishes, paperwork.
  • Clean your studio…yes, here it is again.  A cluttered studio leads to a cluttered mind.
  • Take a day off!!!  Maybe you are working too hard.  It is ok to take a day for yourself.
  • Go run some errands.
  • Call or visit with some fellow artists.  Misery loves company!
  • Put the trouble painting away for a few days.  Turn it to the wall and don’t look at it!
  • Watch an instructional video.
  • Look through inspiring art books of your favorite painters.
  • Browse the web.

I could keep going, but you get the general idea.  Personally, I like to exercise each day. I also listen to classical music and I generally have a small fountain flowing.  Chocolate helps too!

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