How to Deal with Creative Blocks
A Creative Block is Something That Every Artist Has Dealt With at One Point or Another
When you’re an artist, you’ve probably had times when you feel like nothing is working. Maybe it feels like your art isn’t up to par or maybe it feels like nothing inspires you anymore. I help artists get through these creative blocks by taking steps that allow them to stay productive and inspired. If you’re facing a block in your own work, here are some tips to help overcome those feelings
A creative block is something that every artist has dealt with at one point or another. It can be caused by a number of things, including a lack of inspiration, a lack of time, or too much pressure. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to remember that creative blocks are temporary and will pass. The key is knowing how to deal with them when they do come up.
Big Breakthroughs Can Happen When We’re Feeling Stuck.
You don’t need to be in a crisis to have a creative breakthrough. In fact, it may be easier to see new possibilities when things are going well. But you can’t depend on the universe to answer your prayers with lightning-bolt inspiration. Instead, you need to make room for breakthroughs by creating space for them.
When You Feel Stuck, Return to Where it All Started – Your Artist Statement.
Your Artist Statement is a summary of your art. It’s what you want others to know about how it looks or feels when they view it. You can use it as a compass direction for your work; if something feels off, go back to where you started with the intention of creating something that reflects who you are as an artist and why you create art!
When I Get a Creative Block, Something I Like to do is Read About Other Artists.
One way to find inspiration for a creative block is by learning about other artists. The more you learn about others, the more fresh ideas are brought into your mind. You can learn from other people’s mistakes and successes, as well as how they deal with their own creative blocks. You can also learn how to take risks and become more comfortable with failure. If a certain technique or style isn’t working for you, try another one! It may be that it does work for someone else, but not for you personally.
Try Sketching Daily, If You Don’t Already! Sketching Can Help Keep Ideas Fresh and Help You Work Through Creative Blocks When They Come Up.
As a creative person, you know that it’s important to keep your ideas fresh and be open to new ones. Sketching is one of the best ways I’ve found to do this. It can help you work through creative blocks when they come up, and it’s great for relaxing and unwinding after a hard day at work or school.
This is why I recommend that all artists find time every week (or every day) to sketch at least one thing they see around them—be it objects like people or buildings, landscapes, still lifes… whatever catches their eye!
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Taking a Break Can Be Hard To Do But It’s So Important! You Have to Recharge in Order to Give Your Best Self to Your Work and Family.
This is a hard one for me. I have to remind myself to take a break, even when I’m not feeling particularly blocked. It can be difficult to put your work down, especially if you feel like you’re in the zone and getting things done!
I’ve learned that taking breaks is so important not just for your creative well-being but also for your family. My husband and I both work from home, so we need to make sure we’re taking time out of our day to relax and enjoy life together as well as ourselves individually. We’ve had some great conversations where we talk about what’s been happening with our lives lately or what we’d like to do next weekend—things that don’t necessarily relate directly back to unblocking creativity but definitely help keep us grounded while working towards our goals.
I know from experience that when I face a creative block, it can be frustrating. But once I remember that this is part of the process and find ways to work through it, my work gets better! The key is not to give up when things get tough. If you keep going, go back to your roots (your Artist Statement) and take some time off every now and then, then chances are you will come out stronger as an artist than ever before!
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