Time is a key ingredient, in the life of an artist. After all, we only have one lifetime in which to acquire our skills and abilities and to share those with anybody appreciative of them. The competition, in art, is fierce and you compete not only with every artist alive, but every artist there ever was. It is difficult to get it all done in, a single lifetime. There isn’t enough time.
If you can afford to spend as much time as you would like on your art, all day, every day, then you can go quite a lot further than if you have to find the time to attend to your art and to your personal development, as an artist, between other calls on your time (such as a full time job).
Most artists, even full time artists, have to juggle their time quite carefully. You have to divide your time between your art and other things that are demanding of your time, many of which are genuinely important and a priority for you, but some of which are pure time wasters.
What you choose to spend your time on is a decision that needs to be made without spending too much time on it, prevaricating. The more time you spend in indecision or doubt, the less time you will leave to create.
Many artists find themselves out of time. They are either too far ahead of public taste, or behind the times. On the other hand, much art becomes more valuable and more widely appreciated, in time. An artistic career, like many things, depends on fortuitous timing.
The ravages of time can dismantle an artist, slowly. What they were once capable of creating, in their younger days, becomes harder to accomplish, as their faculties and strength wanes. Time can be cruel. Time can also allow you to develop your capabilities to the full. Many guitar players play better in the twilight of their careers, than they did when they were first noticed.
Some art is of its time. It might have resonated with audiences in a particular decade, but no longer seems relevant to how people think and live today. Recapturing the magic of those moments can appear futile and pathetic. People have no time for it.
The longer time you work at something, the better you get, but if you lavish too much time on every creation, there won’t be as many. Sometimes, the art is in learning to produce your creations quickly, taking as little time as possible to reach the required standard. Spending too much time on a work or artistic project that isn’t worth your time can be a complete waste of time.
Time can heal. Many a musical collaboration has ended acrimoniously, only to be resurrected under more harmonious circumstances, some considerable time later. Good times.
Time can also wound. What was once a happy artistic collaboration can turn sour, over time, as one partner or the other realises they have been taken advantage of or not treated fairly. Bands often break up over disputes regarding authorship and the fair distribution of royalties. It’s time to call a halt to the abuse.
Time marches on relentlessly. It isn’t the case that you can always make up for lost time. Sometimes, opportunities vanish forever. If you start your artistic career late, having taken time to pursue other things, you might accomplish the goal, but your lifetime’s work will necessarily be more limited than if you had taken up your artistic career earlier.
You never know how much time you have. People die, unexpectedly and too soon, all the time. Artists are not exempt. You just never know when it’s your time.
Once you spend your time, you don’t get to spend it again. It has been spent. Spend your time wisely. People tell you this, time and time again. This is a timely reminder.
Sometimes, it isn’t the right time to create and to work on your art. Other things need your attention. You’ll get back to it sometime, often times, but sometimes not.
My time is up and I have wasted enough of your time already. I hope you have a great time, with your art.
Time to go.