Writers have to overcome writer’s block; artists, on the other hand, have to deal with artist’s block. It’s essentially the same thing, but instead of struggling to put words on a page, artists struggle to put paint onto the canvas. It happens to everybody, even the most seasoned artists, but thankfully there are ways to find some inspiration once again:
Go for a walk
Staring at a blank canvas isn’t going to help you create anything. In fact, it’s better just to get up and get away from the canvas for a little while. Getting some fresh air outside is a great way to take a break and find some inspiration. Listen to some music, a podcast, or simply let your mind wander as you take in the scenery.
When you’re all out of artistic inspiration, one of the best ways to get back into the swing of things is to pull out a pencil and some paper and start doodling. It doesn’t have to be anything particular, it can even be just some stick figures if that’s all you can muster, but as you doodle, your mind will wander and explore new opportunities for your creative projects.
Try a new art technique
You may be lacking inspiration because you’ve been doing the same thing for too long. Try to spice it up a little bit by working with new techniques or ideas. For example, if you’ve only worked in acrylic, take a swing at pastels and see where that takes you.
Just do it
When all else fails, just create. It doesn’t have to be good but putting something down onto the canvas will help get you out of the rut. Plus, in many cases, a lack of inspiration stems from a lack of self-confidence, so by putting your self-criticism away and allowing yourself to paint anything, even if it’s terrible, you will be free to create whatever you can.
Take an art class
If you’re still feeling uninspired, a great way to spark your creativity is to take an art class. This will not only teach you new techniques to try, but it will also provide you with a group of like-minded individuals who can help you get out of this rut. So if you’re in the Milford, New Hampshire area, contact Creative Ventures Gallery or look through our available classes and workshops to see how we can help you find your artistic inspiration.