You scratch your head and look at the painting you’ve just done. It isn’t working. Maybe too much blue? Or the shapes aren’t quite right. Oh dear. Looks like the last one, and the last one, and the one before that. Gone is the pizazz. The joyous recognition that something Has Happened. Why bother? you say. This proves I’m not good enough. Maybe I should quit altogether.
Tell me now. Hasn’t everyone experienced something similar to this at one point or another?
The truth is that we all can get bogged down from time to time in our creative expression. Sometimes all we need to do is to shift things a bit to revive our spirits.
So here are some ways you can do that!
1) Try something new
If you have been painting for awhile, consider doing something different. How about doing something three-dimensional—like basket-weaving or working with a bit of clay? Or take a class in something entirely new. Sometimes just manipulating new and different materials or working with a different perspective can free up constrictions about what creativity is supposed to look like.
2) Let yourself play
Giving ourselves permission to create without any restrictions can bring our Inner Child out of the corner. That’s what coloring books are for! Or Zentangles. Or knitting with colorful, bright materials. Sometimes even a trip to the local art store can provide us with a basket-full of wonderful new art materials to experiment with.
3) Take yourself out on artist dates…
…either with friends or by yourself. How long has it been since you visited a show at the museum? Or some galleries with exciting new work that can inspire your imagination. Or taken a new class. Anything that can evoke our curiosity is also potential fuel for the imagination to get fired up…again.
4) Give yourself time to rest
Seriously! Our busy, busy lives rob us of our vitality. Between personal and professional responsibilities and the seemingly never-ending negative drain of the news, we get depleted. Going to work in our studios is the last thing we want to do. And besides, artists need solitude. They need quiet time, where they are just attending to the the natural world and taking it all in. It’s called Hushing and Holding, Finding Still Point, Seeing with the Whole Body and Mind. The secret is that we are always creating, even if we think we aren’t.
All these practices are important to cultivate, to nourish our creative spirits. The good thing is that, creativity doesn’t have to look like one thing.
And, maybe you are just needing a little nudge, a little support with your art career or creative process. That’s where we can help. And we’d love to do that! So feel free to contact us at ArtCoaching for You.