We Asked the Artists: How Often Do You Create?

We Asked the Artists: How Often Do You Create?

Some artists create whenever the muse strikes, whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly. Others find inspiration in making a daily habit of creating. Find out how these artists create a schedule for creating and what method works for them. We asked the artists:

How often do you create? Do you have a schedule that you stick to, or is it a more organic process?

Michelle E. Black

~Artwork by Michelle E. Black

“My process is mostly organic.  I have thousands of images to choose from… and because I have pieces in a few stores here in Los Angeles, I am often prompted by the seasons or upcoming seasons to be honest.  Inevitably while looking for one image I fall in love with another, and then I’m off in that direction.  Right now for example, I am displaying a line of Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.  These were images I took several years ago and yet it is now that I am putting them out there.”

— Michelle E. Black

Michelle E. Black is a photographer and artist that has been published in Somerset Studio GallerySomerset HomeSomerset Holidays & CelebrationsSomerset Apprentice, and Somerset Studio.

Cat Kerr

~Artwork by Cat Kerr

“Now that I work full time from home, I try to have a plan for my mornings. After dropping off the kids at school ,I come home and spend any given time on the computer (promoting, newsletters, answering emails), and then I go into my creative space, work on existing projects, prepare orders that need to shipped, or even clean (cleaning my creative space ALWAYS gives me new ideas). After I pick up the kids, it’s all about balance. I squeeze in every minute I can, but if I don’t get a chance to get back to creating, that’s perfectly OK, too. I’m thankful to have my creative space in my house because this allows me to go back to creating on and off throughout the day, even if it’s only for five minutes at a time. I can be stirring the spaghetti sauce and then sneak in five minutes as it cooks….I can be folding the laundry and squeeze in another five minutes when I’m finished putting it all away. I feel like there are always moments to grab to get some creative time. Once the house goes to be bed ,I relax for a while, but always end up going back into my creative space and playing for as long as my eyes stay open.”

— Cat Kerr

Cat Kerr has been published in Somerset StudioSomerset Studio GalleryBelle Armoire Jewelry,Sew SomersetSomerset MemoriesJewelry AffaireSomerset Holidays & Celebrations, and Belle Armoire.

Anna Corba

~Artwork by Anna Corba

“I create everyday…perhaps not Sunday, but sometimes Saturday.  It is what grounds me; I don’t consider it a discipline, but rather a practice of sorts. I generally arrive in my studio by late morning and spend the day there. I am not constantly working on a project, but I am continually surrounded by inspiration that feeds me and lodges in my psyche in a certain way that will eventually translate into creative output.”

— Anna Corba

Anna Corba has been published in MingleSomerset Studio, and HandCrafted, as well as publishing her own book, Doodling in French: How to Draw with Joie de Vivre. Her book and stamp line are available at The Shoppe.

Lynne Moncrieff

~Artwork by Lynne Moncrieff

“I have no set schedule, I simply create when life allows me to do so although the level of DT commitments I might have at any one time have to be taken into account and any deadlines for Stampington Challenge Calls which have caught my eye, I especially like to submit to The Stampers’ Sampler on a regular basis.”

— Lynne Moncrieff

Lynne Moncrieff is an artist living in Perth, Scotland, and has been published in Somerset StudioSomerset Studio GalleryTake TenHaute HandbagsSomerset LifeSomerset Holidays & CelebrationsSew Somerset, and The Stampers’ Sampler.

Seth Apter

~Artwork by Seth Apter

“While I do not have an official schedule, I find that I create nearly every day. Some days I may only have a limited amount of time but I would always rather fill that time with creativity than just about anything else.”

— Seth Apter

Seth Apter is the author of The Pulse of Mixed Media and his work has appeared in Somerset MemoriesSomerset Studio, and Somerset Apprentice.

Sandra Evertson

~Artwork by Sandra Evertson

“All day long, every single day! I take time out to run, eat and sleep, oh and play with my pets. I really have a few different creative hats I wear, when I am interviewing someone for the magazines I keep to a strict schedule, interview, transcribe, write and turn in. Don’t get me wrong; interviewing super talented artists, chefs and entrepreneurs is an amazing privilege! It is invaluable. I have learned so much and am privy to extraordinary things, and I do so love it! It’s just a different type of ‘play.’ Setting a strict schedule on that end keeps things clear for the completely organic, meandering process of pouring, sculpting, painting, sewing, gluing, photographing, beading, sketching and whatever else I can get into!”

— Sandra Evertson

Sandra Evertson’s work has appeared in Somerset HomeSomerset Studio Gallery, Somerset StudioArtful BloggingSomerset Workshop, and Altered Couture. She has also produced five, whimsical stamp collections that are exclusively available in The Shoppe.

Renee Zarate

~Artwork by Renee Zarate

“I usually create something daily even if it is only a doodled image.  My creativity is generally kick started by the intention of straightening up my area or supplies.  I’m not even aware of the moment I stop cleaning and start creating.  There are times when I come out of my “trance” hours later to see what I have made.  It is an interesting state of mind.”

— Renee Zarate

Renee Zarate has been featured in Art JournalingThe Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, Take TenSomerset Studio Gallery, and HandCrafted.

Claudine Hellmuth

~Artwork by Claudine Hellmuth

“In general, I would say about 50% of my time is creating new work and the other half is working on business tasks. I don’t have set creative days, I work more on what is most pressing. If I have a client deadline, I may need to put that at the top of the list that day rather than PR tasks.”

— Claudine Hellmuth

Claudine Hellmuth is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Where Women CreateStuffed MagazineSomerset Studio, and Artful Blogging. She has also produced a line of stamps available in The Shoppe.

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5 Responses to “We Asked the Artists: How Often Do You Create?”

  1. Teresita says:

    I create organically
    I seem to collect things during the day then put in down,or plan and carefully construct, kind of all over the place artist.

  2. Sometimes I get pressing ideas and have to start them right away, and sometimes I just feel like making something because I’m in the mood. I mostly create on weekends and vacation days since I’m a teacher the rest of the time. I work best when I have long stretches of time, when I’m interrupted I loose the flow. The rest of the time I consider creative time as well, living life, gathering ideas, and anticipating the next thing. I try to get in my studio as often as possible, but it varies depending on what other obligations I have.

  3. I create every day humanly possible. It may be a single art journal page, part of a project (there’s always something in progress) or it may be a few watercolor note cards. I need it just like the air I breathe.

  4. stamping sue says:

    I guess I’m lucky because I don’t work (husband retired) so I can stamp anytime I like and over the years (many) I’ve collected lots of stamps plus supplies.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

  5. Cody Rogers says:

    I feel I am creating consistently but with an ebb & flow of a busy family life – 5 kidlets, ages12 & under, remodeling an old house, husband w/ a demanding career. Perhaps not unlike many makers of beauty in this world. For me, that translates to applying creativity to many endeavors – not just the things I can craft with my hands – but also with the things of my heart. As my littles grow, my heart will be fuller & my hands will be freer to craft & make, but for now I just have to see & use creativity in the daily work of life.

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We Asked the Artists: How Often Do You Create?

Some artists create whenever the muse strikes, whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly. Others find inspiration in making a daily habit of creating. Find out how these artists create a schedule for creating and what method works for them. We asked the artists:

How often do you create? Do you have a schedule that you stick to, or is it a more organic process?

Michelle E. Black

~Artwork by Michelle E. Black

“My process is mostly organic.  I have thousands of images to choose from… and because I have pieces in a few stores here in Los Angeles, I am often prompted by the seasons or upcoming seasons to be honest.  Inevitably while looking for one image I fall in love with another, and then I’m off in that direction.  Right now for example, I am displaying a line of Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.  These were images I took several years ago and yet it is now that I am putting them out there.”

— Michelle E. Black

Michelle E. Black is a photographer and artist that has been published in Somerset Studio GallerySomerset HomeSomerset Holidays & CelebrationsSomerset Apprentice, and Somerset Studio.

Cat Kerr

~Artwork by Cat Kerr

“Now that I work full time from home, I try to have a plan for my mornings. After dropping off the kids at school ,I come home and spend any given time on the computer (promoting, newsletters, answering emails), and then I go into my creative space, work on existing projects, prepare orders that need to shipped, or even clean (cleaning my creative space ALWAYS gives me new ideas). After I pick up the kids, it’s all about balance. I squeeze in every minute I can, but if I don’t get a chance to get back to creating, that’s perfectly OK, too. I’m thankful to have my creative space in my house because this allows me to go back to creating on and off throughout the day, even if it’s only for five minutes at a time. I can be stirring the spaghetti sauce and then sneak in five minutes as it cooks….I can be folding the laundry and squeeze in another five minutes when I’m finished putting it all away. I feel like there are always moments to grab to get some creative time. Once the house goes to be bed ,I relax for a while, but always end up going back into my creative space and playing for as long as my eyes stay open.”

— Cat Kerr

Cat Kerr has been published in Somerset StudioSomerset Studio GalleryBelle Armoire Jewelry,Sew SomersetSomerset MemoriesJewelry AffaireSomerset Holidays & Celebrations, and Belle Armoire.

Anna Corba

~Artwork by Anna Corba

“I create everyday…perhaps not Sunday, but sometimes Saturday.  It is what grounds me; I don’t consider it a discipline, but rather a practice of sorts. I generally arrive in my studio by late morning and spend the day there. I am not constantly working on a project, but I am continually surrounded by inspiration that feeds me and lodges in my psyche in a certain way that will eventually translate into creative output.”

— Anna Corba

Anna Corba has been published in MingleSomerset Studio, and HandCrafted, as well as publishing her own book, Doodling in French: How to Draw with Joie de Vivre. Her book and stamp line are available at The Shoppe.

Lynne Moncrieff

~Artwork by Lynne Moncrieff

“I have no set schedule, I simply create when life allows me to do so although the level of DT commitments I might have at any one time have to be taken into account and any deadlines for Stampington Challenge Calls which have caught my eye, I especially like to submit to The Stampers’ Sampler on a regular basis.”

— Lynne Moncrieff

Lynne Moncrieff is an artist living in Perth, Scotland, and has been published in Somerset StudioSomerset Studio GalleryTake TenHaute HandbagsSomerset LifeSomerset Holidays & CelebrationsSew Somerset, and The Stampers’ Sampler.

Seth Apter

~Artwork by Seth Apter

“While I do not have an official schedule, I find that I create nearly every day. Some days I may only have a limited amount of time but I would always rather fill that time with creativity than just about anything else.”

— Seth Apter

Seth Apter is the author of The Pulse of Mixed Media and his work has appeared in Somerset MemoriesSomerset Studio, and Somerset Apprentice.

Sandra Evertson

~Artwork by Sandra Evertson

“All day long, every single day! I take time out to run, eat and sleep, oh and play with my pets. I really have a few different creative hats I wear, when I am interviewing someone for the magazines I keep to a strict schedule, interview, transcribe, write and turn in. Don’t get me wrong; interviewing super talented artists, chefs and entrepreneurs is an amazing privilege! It is invaluable. I have learned so much and am privy to extraordinary things, and I do so love it! It’s just a different type of ‘play.’ Setting a strict schedule on that end keeps things clear for the completely organic, meandering process of pouring, sculpting, painting, sewing, gluing, photographing, beading, sketching and whatever else I can get into!”

— Sandra Evertson

Sandra Evertson’s work has appeared in Somerset HomeSomerset Studio Gallery, Somerset StudioArtful BloggingSomerset Workshop, and Altered Couture. She has also produced five, whimsical stamp collections that are exclusively available in The Shoppe.

Renee Zarate

~Artwork by Renee Zarate

“I usually create something daily even if it is only a doodled image.  My creativity is generally kick started by the intention of straightening up my area or supplies.  I’m not even aware of the moment I stop cleaning and start creating.  There are times when I come out of my “trance” hours later to see what I have made.  It is an interesting state of mind.”

— Renee Zarate

Renee Zarate has been featured in Art JournalingThe Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, Take TenSomerset Studio Gallery, and HandCrafted.

Claudine Hellmuth

~Artwork by Claudine Hellmuth

“In general, I would say about 50% of my time is creating new work and the other half is working on business tasks. I don’t have set creative days, I work more on what is most pressing. If I have a client deadline, I may need to put that at the top of the list that day rather than PR tasks.”

— Claudine Hellmuth

Claudine Hellmuth is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Where Women CreateStuffed MagazineSomerset Studio, and Artful Blogging. She has also produced a line of stamps available in The Shoppe.

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