Advice for artists giving up art


 Advice for artists giving up art

Life is hard. . . art can be hard.

And making a living with art? Well, that can feel impossible. But that desire to give up? It’s there for all of us. Here’s some motivational advice for overcoming it:

1. Remember that it’s normal

Life isn’t easy, and neither is making art. Sooner or later, you will reach a point of frustration that has you thinking about giving up. The most important thing to remember at that point is that it’s normal to sometimes feel that way. Accept the fact and face it head on.

2. Don’t make a rash decision

The worst thing you can do when you feel like giving up is make a decision in the heat of the moment. Give yourself at least 24 hours to clear your mind. The bigger the decision, the more time you may need.

Allow a day or two, or sometimes a weekend, to decide whether or not to continue with the art you are busy with. This allows you to look at your work with a fresh eye after some time has passed.

For bigger decisions, like closing a blog or changing artistic direction, give yourself as much as 30 days. Sometimes there will be no decision to make after that time passes. Thoughts of giving up will be a fading memory.

3. Go back to your first love

If you’ve ever written about why you make art, go back and read those words the next time you’re thinking about giving it all up.

And if you haven’t written about why you make art, do so now. Write art a “love letter” and keep it in a place where it can be found when you need it. Print it and hang on the wall in the studio if you have to.

We all need occasional reminders. Whether your reminder is published or not, it’s probably your best weapon against thoughts of giving up.

4. Remember the joy

Remember how you felt when you finished your first drawing or painting?

Remember the rush that came with your first sale or gallery showing?

If you’re able to remind yourself why you create, and once again feel the sheer pleasure of it. . . those thoughts of quitting? I promise they won’t stand a chance!

  • Art is not what you see but it is rather what you make others see.
  • It’s meaningless to wish to be the best artist around.
  • It’s better if you can just enjoy what you are doing that is what is most valuable.
  • Be thankful for your level of ability and enjoy it without the discouragement of not amounting to


You are worth so much more than you think you are!