If you’ve ever been in a creative slump, you know how frustrating it can be. You have deadlines looming over you, but sometimes art doesn’t work on a deadline. In order to produce your best possible work, you have to give your creative process time to blossom.
The masters knew this. They took plenty of time to finish their masterpieces. Vincent Van Gogh might have only spent a year on Starry Night, but who knows how long he would have spent if he had lived longer.
Claude Monet did 250 renditions of Water Lillies over 26 years, throughout the last decades of his life while suffering from progressive cataracts. Michaelangelo spent three years sculpting David from white marble. And Leonardo da Vinci spent three years on the Mona Lisa. Quality work takes time.
So the next time you find yourself in a creative slump, go easy on yourself. Quality work takes time. While that’s not conducive to today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s ok to allow yourself extra time to hone your craft when you need it. Check out this infographic for more about the work habits of the masters. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it took Edvard Munch 17 years to paint The Scream.