By Nicole Tinkham
Being located in Florida, we know all about heat and humidity in the middle of summer and it is not fun! It’s difficult enough to make it out of the house and to the car without losing it let alone trying to work your brain and get the creative juices flowing. Sure, you can lock yourself in the house but we all have a need for some fresh air every once in awhile. I don’t know about you but I love being outside so the summers can be really difficult for me to get anything done. All I want to do is drop the AC and take a nap! And one thing I’ve realized is that everyone is experiencing this brutal summer weather, not just those in Florida. If you’re in a rut like I am, read on for 4 ways to beat the heat and stay creative this season.
1. Create an inspiring space inside
We would normally encourage you to take your artwork outside to mix it up a little but we know there will be days in the summer that venturing out anywhere just won’t be happening. Guess what? You don’t have to let staying in stop you from doing something different! Do some work on your art studio and give it a makeover. Rearrange things, get organized, add some plants to the area, hang your artwork on the wall, or create an inspiration board. This way you don’t feel stuck in the same space throughout the summer. Small changes can go a long way!
2. Work by a window
If you can, do your creative thinking by a window. You (kinda) get the best of both worlds by seeing the outside world and enjoying the sun rays all while being nice and cool inside. If you have a sun room that can be transformed into an art studio that is perfect! But we understand that this isn’t possible for everyone. Sitting by a window to sketch or brainstorm can help get those creative juices flowing.
3. Head to the pool or beach
If you do manage to leave the house and want to work on your artwork outside, keep cool by the pool or the beach. If you don’t do this often, it could be a great source of inspiration. Other options to keep cool would be going to a coffee shop to sketch or attending an art workshop at your favorite art supply store 🙂 You may be inside but at least you’re getting out to do something different.
4. Stay safe outside
Whether you’re sitting by a window, heading to the beach or just running out to the store for more supplies it’s important to stay safe. Bring a bottle of water with you everywhere you go to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen (even when you’re only sitting by a window!).
When it comes to being productive with your art this summer, you have two options. You can stay inside or brave it and venture out in the heat. Either way, it’s important to be SMART about your decision. If you’re heading out, be sure to stay cool by the pool or the beach, drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen every time you leave the house. It takes some planning but it’s better to be prepared than to be miserable once you get out there. If you decide to stay inside, make some changes to your work space so you don’t feel trapped inside and end up falling into a creative rut. Move things around and be sure to surround yourself with plenty of inspiration. You can pick either option but whatever you do, don’t let this summer hold you back! Let it push you forward with new inspiration.
Tell us, what’s your plan for the summer? Will you be staying in or taking your artwork outside?