Motivation literally means “to move”. We need to move and act to do anything; we need to move our fingers to type, we need to move our feet to shoot photos, we need to move our bodies to get from point A to point B, and we need to move heavy weights off from the ground to build our muscles and strength.
How to move more in art
On a very basic level, anything which stimulates or motivates you to move and make art is good. In fact, I think we as artists should consider ourselves as athletes.
For example consider how physically demanding photography is:
- Walking around a lot
- Running, crouching, or jumping for certain shots or photos
- The physical and mental energy necessary to shoot, interact with subjects, or perhaps avoiding getting detected.
- The fear associated with street photography, and overcoming shyness street photography
- Understanding that going lighter is almost always better in photography; same with athletic equipment (lighter running shoes benefit runners 1000x). Phil Knight (founder of Nike) wrote in his memoir “Shoe Dog” that even shaving a few ounces off a running shoe equalled tons of potential force.
Study other design and art works for motivation to create your own art
I believe art is luxury (and vice versa). Art is technically “useless”, but that is what gives it charm.
I am not that interested interested in purchasing luxury goods, but I find them ripe with inspiration (Hermes, Goyard, Louis Vuitton x Virgil, Yeezy by Kanye West):
How to move more as an artist
Be more active during the day. Employ a standing desk. Go on pointless walks around your office or home block. Take along your camera and snap whatever you see and experience.
Employ any form of art-creation. Make sketches on your iPad, shoot on your phone, walk around inside clothing/designer stores, study watch design, automobile design, architecture — anything and everything. No ceilings for you!
Restlessness is good
I have an aversion to sitting still. I love to constantly move.
I feel perhaps this will stimulate us — let your “ADHD” channel you to move, create, think, wonder, and make!
All is one — never stop!