Welcome to my first blog post, when I was thinking about what I could write for my first post, I got a bit of ‘creative block’. Sometimes I have so many ideas for things to do I can struggle to make a decision, thus becoming ‘blocked’. After I took time away from the issue, I realised this was the perfect opportunity for my first blog post!
How to turn ‘creative block’ into ‘creative opportunity’!
All artists and creatives suffer from ‘creative block’ from time to time, and I am certainly no exception. The important thing is not to allow a ‘block’ to take control and frustrate you.
When lacking that vital ‘creative spark’ there are many things you can do to reconnect with your inner artist or give your inner artist a well-deserved break.
I am sure there are many other ways to turn around a 'creative block', however these are my top 6 things that I regularly do to keep inspired, productive and prevent ‘burn-out’;
1. Go to an exhibition or art event- I think it is important for all artists and creatives to see what other artists and creatives are doing and showing! Not only is it good reconnaissance, but I also find visiting galleries relaxing and inspiring. I may make notes of artists I’d like to find out more about.
2. Go do something else- often the best thing to do is something completely different which could be a different creative activity, gardening or whatever you enjoy. I make a point of going walking regularly, not just for the health benefits, but I often find that the combination of fresh air and countryside is rejuvenating and often solutions just come to mind when walking. I always take a camera, notebook and sketchbook and pencils so that if I come across interesting natural forms, I can then ‘capture’ them and take them with me for later.
3. Listen to some music- ok, so I listen to music as an important part of the creative process in my work, however I will listen to an eclectic mix of music, read the lyrics and allow any images to come to mind. These may manifest as artworks later or just be lost as part of a relaxing form of escapism. If I can find music that fits my mood, this will sometimes ease me into the creative process.
4. Get some exercise- When I am in my studio I will work for a few hours (or more depending on the project) until I find my concentration wandering. I make a point of getting out into the town for a brisk walk, while I collect any materials I may need. Often this short break is enough for me to re-focus later in the studio.
5. Connect with others- sometimes it’s good to get out and connect with like-minded people. Art Groups and classes are a great way of learning new skills and also sharing your work with others. Some groups will even have Group Critique sessions which can be useful for getting feedback on your work. You just take with you the feedback that gives you confidence and pushes you forward in your practice.
6. Read Art Journals- there are a wide variety of art and craft related publications out there, in paper form and on the internet. These can include articles such as ‘daily art challenges’ that are fun to do and useful tips, tricks and opportunities. Why not?
So when you are experiencing a 'creative block', don't let it frustrate you, turn it around into a 'creative opportunity'!
I hope you found this useful and thank you for reading my blog,