Do the work. Is a phrase we here and see all the time in the art world on social media.
What does it mean?
What it means is that learning to make art, whatever your chosen medium, takes time and practice. Your first attempt might not turn out as you want or expect. That is ok. Art is a skill and as with any skill you get better at it with practice.
There are amazing artists out there that we admire and want to learn from. Most likely the accomplished and skilled artists you admire have some sort of daily art making practice. It might be sketching for 10 minutes every morning. Making starters in their mixed media sketchbook for 15 minutes a day. Doing warm up paintings for 20 minutes. Painting for 30-45 minutes each day. Dedicating 4-6 hours to creating each day in their studio. This is doing the work.
Every thing you create does not have to be and will not be a masterpiece. That is ok. It's this work that you learn from and that informs the next thing you create and the next thing you create. It all builds upon itself.
Doing the work is your time to learn, practice, build your skills, improve your skills, play, explore and be in the creative flow. And in the end as creatives that is what we all really crave is that time being in the creative flow. Whether your a beginner or a seasoned artist, a hobbyist or a professional doing the work is what it's all about. How else will you grow? How else will you improve and learn?
Ask other creatives what they do each day to make art. How do they make it part of their everyday lives? Experiment and find what works for you. Think about your medium, your space, and your time. Chances are you want to do the work but you have these perceived obstacles of what, when and where to create. Start small, maybe 10-15 minutes each day for a week. See how it feels, adjust as needed.
Happy creating and do the work!