My art routine and a special shout out

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Do you follow any type of art routine? Have you created an art schedule that you follow everyday? If yes, does it help? If you have not done anything like that, would you like to?

Hello there! How are you? Monsoon has been finally arrived here and I am very happy. My table is next to the window and the big door of our balcony. I love sitting here writing or painting and watching the rain. I love to have a hot cup of tea while watching the rain. Some days I put my plants in the rain instead of watering them from the jar. I sit there and see those little leaves pouring in the rain.

Before you start reading ahead, I want to give a special shout out to @mystylotus – Stina (her username). Thank you so much Stina for buying coffee for me. Thank you so much for your support. Because of supporters like you, I am able to do what I love and I am very grateful to have a support like you.It motivates me a lot to keep creating. If you also want to support me, you can buy a coffee for me here –

Another announcement – I have just uploaded a new YouTube video on my channel. I have painted a very ugly painting. I was trying to paint something good and it turned out so bad. I dare you to watch it till the end.

What is an art routine?

Art routine is the number of things you do everyday in order before you start working on your painting. It includes doing some color swatches or doing rough strokes on paper or listening to particular music etc.

An art routine sets the mood of the work. It is definitely not necessary. Some artists follow their art routine some don’t.

My art routine

If I talk about my art routine, First I draw 5 hands gestures in my sketchbook. Hands are difficult to draw for me so it train my hand and my mind to focus on shapes and curves. The next thing I do is I do some color swatches. I try to create different color shades from my watercolors. I have uploaded two videos of color swatches on my YouTube channel. If you haven’t watch them yet please go and check it out.

Whenever I get some time I try to read blogs on WP reader to get inspired from fellow artists. I have downloaded pdfs of three books.

1) Drawing on the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards

2) The elements of color by Johannes Itten

3) Picture this by Molly Bang

I try to read each of them every day whenever I get some time.If you are interested I will write summary about what I read on my blog every Friday. Let me know in the comments below if you want me to do it for you. I will be very happy to do it πŸ™‚

Some days I visit Dribble and Behance to see other artists work and to get color inspiration. It is very important to choose right colors. Even if you have created an amazing art but haven’t choose the right colors, your art work will turn out totally wrong. These days I pay extra attention on choosing right colors. My husband helps me in this. His color sense is amazing! After completing every painting I ask for his opinion. I think other person opinions help us a lot creating beautiful art.

What things you can include in your art routine?

If you are interested and also want to have an art routine, you can include below things as per your liking and your art style.

🌻 Line drawings on paper

🌻Color swatches on paper

🌻 Drawing different shapes and fill them with random designs

🌻 Draw small doodles in your sketchbook

🌻 Draw 5 to 10 hand gestures

🌻 Read art books

🌻 Check out fellow artists work for inspiration

🌻 If you are going to start on your painting, first try to paint a small rough version with the colors you are going to use. This πŸ‘ will πŸ‘ help πŸ‘ a πŸ‘ lot. Trust me.

What are your thoughts about having an art routine? If you also have an art routine please share what you do?

Thank you so much for reading.


  1. It’s a pleasure, Heli! I like to support other artists when I can πŸ™‚

    I don’t have much of an art routine, in the sense that I don’t do the same thing every day, but I try to do something creative every day. It might be a small landscape study or a sketch of my dog or some other kind of doodle in my sketchbook. Sometimes I like to do quick gesture drawings of figures or painting studies with only two or three colors. More recently, I’ve been trying to draw and paint more from life. On days when it is difficult for me to paint or draw, I try something else like writing, reading, listening to podcasts, or watching art process/tutorial videos.

    Oh, but if there is anything consistent in my art making process, it’s that I’m always listening to music πŸ˜€

    1. I can’t listen to music like I used to before. Me and my husband we both work from home from same table. He is always in meetings and I have tinnitus so I can’t use earplugs for a long time. But we listen our favourite songs sometimes. Thank god we have similar taste πŸ˜‚

      1. That certainly makes it difficult. But ambient noise can be good for a nice work environment, though (like the rain you mentioned in your blog)! Most of the time I’m just using the music to drown out other noises that would distract me πŸ™‚

        1. That’s pretty awesome to have an art routine, Heli. I don’t really follow any formalities, but sometimes I do try to prep myself before painting a postcard. Sometimes I will look through various photos that I take on my phone as I’m always snapping pictures when I’m out on my walks of interesting landscapes and things in nature that I see. Sometimes I look online for photos of areas that I don’t see with my own eyes (like deserts or savannas) and will try to paint from those.
          Other times, I will watch YouTube videos of artists painting (my favorite being Bob Ross, which by watching him, I learned to paint).
          And sometimes I will do drawings of what I plan to paint in crayon and try to recreate it as a watercolor painting.
          So these are some of the things that I do.
          We are similar in that I also have my little work table set up next to my window in my room (in my tiny art space), with my window fan going, feeling the cool breeze of the outside. πŸ™‚
          And we have a lot of potted plants, which are currently setting outside so that they can grow better in the sun and rain. In the fall and winter, when it cools off, we bring them in and they are my constant companions as I do my art. πŸ™‚

          1. I love watching Bob Ross videos, too. His videos are very calming.

          2. Oh and thanks for sharing your art routine.

  2. I do my art whenever my work schedule allows. I try to paint at least an hour a day; sometimes more on weekends and holidays. I listen to Christian praise and worship music to help my inspiration.

    1. Music is so magical!

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