"What to do? Do whatever you must to make painting as effortless as possible, because the more you do it, the easier it gets.
1) While it's unrealistic to expect to paint every day, do shoot for more than twice a week.
2) Set aside a designated space that you don't have to dismantle and re-build each time you work.
3) Schedule in the time - it doesn't have to be a four-hour session, because that's so daunting you'll do anything to avoid even starting. One hour, focused, is better than four, puttering.
4) Allow yourself to make mistakes and experiment, freeing yourself from the obligation to produce a saleable work every time.
5) Recognize that you can't do everything, and in order to make the time for painting, something else may have to go.
Habits can be bad things or good, but the reasons they become habits is because we do them so often, they become natural to us. Painting or not painting can become habit. It all depends on you..."
To read Carolyn Henderson's full article on the Artist's Daily website: http://www.artistdaily.com/blogs/oilblog/archive/2012/05/07/not-painting.aspx?a=ar120512
Carolyn Henderson is the manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She is a weekly columnist for Fine Art News, a division of Canvoo, and writes a lifestyle column, Middle Aged Plague, that is published online and in print newspapers throughout the country. Describing herself as "small, insignificant, and ordinary," Carolyn writes for and about normal, everyday people, who are not small and insignificant at all.