It has been about 2 weeks now that I don’t seem to be able to enjoy my drawing and painting. I have some hard days and a very low dip! What do you do on those days when you just can’t get anywhere? Those days when you’re tired, when your patience fails you at every turn, but you still try to do something to stay positive.
Getting out of a creative block can be challenging, but there are several strategies to help you push through those frustrating days when your artistic flow seems blocked.
Change Your Environment: Sometimes, a change of scenery can do wonders. Step away from your usual workspace and seek inspiration in nature, a cafe, or even a different room in your house.
Embrace Mindfulness: Take a moment to center yourself. Practice deep breathing or meditation to clear your mind of clutter and reduce stress. A calm mind is more receptive to creativity. Maybe I should write Morning Pages again?
Set Small Goals: Don’t pressure yourself to create a masterpiece. Instead, set achievable goals for the day, like experimenting with a new technique or finishing a small sketch. I just started a thumbnail page drawing my art supplies or other small objects.
Explore Different Mediums: If you’re stuck in a rut with your current medium, try something new. Switching from painting to drawing, or trying digital art if you usually work traditionally, can provide fresh perspectives. Or why not a collage, or copy a painting or drawing from your favorite artist?
Seek Inspiration: Visit art galleries, read books, watch films, or listen to music that inspires you. Sometimes, exposing yourself to other forms of art can reignite your creative spark. Go on an Artist date!
Collaborate and Share: Share your struggles with fellow artists or collaborate on a project. Sometimes, discussing your creative block can lead to insights and solutions you hadn’t considered.
Take Breaks: Don’t force it. Taking short breaks or even a day off can give your mind the rest it needs to come back to your work with renewed energy.
Keep a Sketchbook: Carry a sketchbook with you at all times. Doodle, jot down ideas, or simply observe your surroundings. It’s a low-pressure way to keep your creativity flowing.
Reflect and Learn: Use this time as an opportunity for self-reflection. What might be causing your block? Are you pushing too hard? Sometimes, acknowledging the issue can be the first step toward overcoming it.
Be Patient and Kind to Yourself: Understand that creative blocks are a natural part of the creative process. Be patient, and don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to have off days; they often lead to breakthroughs.
Remember that creativity is a journey with ups and downs. On those tough days, stay positive, and trust that your creativity will return. By trying different approaches and maintaining a positive mindset, you can overcome creative blocks and continue to grow as an artist.
To distract myself from my creative dip I decided to focus on growing my YouTube channel! I decided to post more regularly: a video a week! That also makes me think about what to create, but in a different way.
This week I made a video about wet in wet watercolor painting, and painted a tea cup wet in wet. (Watercolor on a wet paper). I’m not used to paint that way at all, and it didn’t go really like I planned, but I kind of like the result anyway!
Here it is: click on the link below and please subscribe to my You Tube channel if you didn’t do that yet and give my videos a thumbs up if you like them.