• Grace Mendez Mentors
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    Mentors: Working With Them In Person or Virtually

    According to Merriam-Webster, a mentor is a trusted counselor or guide. Mentors come in different forms. The first type of mentor we will cover is an in-person mentor. Where can you meet with an in-person mentor? art retreats one day or a series of classes through adult ed, community colleges or universities art galleries that hold classes private or group lessons at an artist’s studio One of my favorite ways of learning from an in-person mentor is at an art retreat. Recently I attended Art is You in Santa Rosa. This is a traveling event, meaning the organizer offers the retreat in different locations. The five-day Santa Rosa art retreat was…

  • Find Support to Beat Procrastination Grace Mendez
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    Find Support to Beat Procrastination

    Stop talking. Start walking.” ~ L.M. Heroux So what if my previous tips and tricks don’t work? In fact, you may even be annoyed by the suggestions I give you. However, I’m going to give you one more tactic. Find support. Support takes may forms. The support that I find most helpful in breaking up the creativity procrastination cycle is taking an in-person art workshop. Preferably a paid workshop to help with accountability. It’s a lot easier to shrug off a free event, but when you have invested some cash, it’s more likely that you will show up. Maybe there aren’t any live workshops in your area of art making.…

  • Find Support to Beat Procrastination Grace Mendez
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    Small Steps

    Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.” ~Byron Pulsifer What happens if you are still procrastinating and not working on your desired creative art projects? Sometimes a project may seem too big to tackle. Breaking it down into small steps can help. Then break down each small step into to even smaller steps so that they are so tiny that they are not hard to do. Let’s go back to the exercise I gave you in “Where to Start.”  Grab your index cards with the projects you wrote down from your to-do…

  • Find Support to Beat Procrastination Grace Mendez
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    Time to Get Organized

    Some thoughts on getting organized. If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale Nothing stops me more than not having my supplies ready at hand. You will have to come up with a system that works for you, but from my experience, grouping like objects makes finding what I want to use a breeze. If it’s easy to find, then it’s more likely that I am going to work on my projects. If all of your art supplies fit in a shoebox or similar container, you can stop reading here. You can pick up your box and start playing…

  • Find Support to Beat Procrastination Grace Mendez
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    Procrastination: Where to Start

    You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin How do you know where to start if there are too many things on a to-do list?  It’s too hard to concentrate on any one thing and nothing gets done. Let’s try an exercise to figure out where to start if you have a lot of creative ideas. You will need a sheet of paper or a notebook, a pen or pencil, and five or six index cards. On the sheet of paper, make a long list of all the art projects that you want to do. They don’t need to be in any particular order. They can be wild…

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