• Rajan Seth

How I stay motivated

Keeping it real. There are times when I have not a lot to do, no orders, and motivation runs a little low.. here's what I do.


Hello all!


I hope you are well doing well.


When I was thinking about what to write for my next blog I had so many ideas in mind. At first I thought share some shots of my latest works, then I thought why not share some of my favourite abstract artists or the tools I use in the studio.


And as I sat on my dining table and stared into space it suddenly hit me. What's really going to help keep you motivated when the times are hard? What many artists share with you is all of the good times, and maybe not as much about the journey or the struggles. But it is during the times of struggle and disappointment that we learn the most about ourselves - so I thought why not share some of the downsides of being a self-employed artist following a very difficult period of uncertainty and of course, Covid-19.


The last year for me has been difficult to stay the least as people's priorities have (quite rightly) changed. It's now a time to preserve, conserve, and take care of health, well-being, and looking after our loved ones. Art is of course a luxury good, it's a nice to have but not an essential in most people's lives, so naturally people's spending habits have moved away from the luxuries and more towards the necessities.


This means that during a time when people aren't spending, I have to keep myself as busy as possible and not get down about the whole situation. As an artist you probably think of my life being quite glamorous, and it goes without saying that I am fortunate to be an abstract artist as a career. But there are times when I have no orders, or I have no leads, and I sit around thinking damn.. if this continues what will i do? How will i provide for my family.. what about the bills?


Any self-employed person knows exactly what I mean. Running your own business is quite literally riding a wave, full of ups and downs, and it's during the downs when you really see who you are as a person (or an artist in my case). When things are slow, I try to keep myself as busy as possible, maybe I'll go to the gym, or spend time with people I haven't seen. It's important to use this time and think of it as a blessing rather than a hinderance.


For example, one fo things I have been trying to do is reach out to US market. try and get to know Interior designs in NYC, LA, Miami, Chicago and I want to sell my abstract paintings in these places. During a time when I have orders, things like this fall down the pecking order and I prioritise completing work. So months pass by and this gets left behind. But now having some time on my laptop enables me to send e-mails to those designers I'd like to work with, share my work and develop new relationships. Planting seeds like this can be invaluable to ones career and it only takes one of those seeds to make a real difference to ones life.


Moral of the story, we all go through times when things are slow. What we do during these slow times really defined who we are. I could quite easily sit and sulk, or be glued to my phone refreshing my instagram page or my e-mails to see if any new clients or requests have come in. But a better use of time is to keep creating, and to use the time wisely doing the things that sometimes get left behind, but are fundamental in keeping your progress heading in an upward projectory.


If you'd like to see my latest paintings for sale:


www.artbyrajanseth.com/shop


If there is any piece that may catch your eye, or you would like to find out more about, perhaps even see some videos, feel free to ask and I will try my best to accomodate!


Thank you all for your continued support.


Rajan