How to overcome
artist block

Sometimesfinding inspiration is hard. Any creative person has a time when the ideas seem to run dry, and art inspiration becomes sorely lacking. It’s a common dilemma that links all of the creative fields together and plagues every artist.

Don’t panic, you will get out of this period of stagnation soon enough. Getting in your head about having artist’s block only makes it worse. When you’re a working artist, sometimes you have to force yourself to make art even when you’re not feeling it. But other times, forcing yourself to be creative can backfire, and it’s better to sit back for a bit and find some other ways of getting inspired.

You can’t force yourself to feel inspired, but you can put yourself in situations where you can find inspiration. Sometimes this can mean going for a walk, meeting up with some friends. Not only does getting out and socializing clear your headspace and reset your brain, but you never know what friends or random people will say that might trigger a note of inspiration. Sometimes even just finding new music can jog your memory into thinking of something you had forgotten about, give you a new perspective to life, this can do something to help spark your creativity.

It's important to get out of your headspace. And sometimes to get out of your headspace, you have to get out of your work space. Stop thinking about art works as objects and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. The same applies for the other way around, experiences can be used as triggers for art. Art imitates life, and some of the best inspiration comes when your mind is clear of work anxiety and you are living life. At times looking at art you love can kickstart creativity. Maybe it’s that twinge of competitiveness it inspires. Maybe it’s the desire to self-improve or try a new art style. Maybe it’s seeing things that get other artists inspired. This is a great way of opening the mind and getting the creative gears turning.

If you have time on your hands, you can go away for a couple of days to a place where you feel relaxed and happy. If you are an outdoors person, you can reconnect with nature, go to parks, nature trails, hikes and feel the fresh air as you explore. The new location could act as an opening for a new perspective, even if it’s only to a local town you’ve never explored. Always take a sketchbook, everywhere you go, or a digital camera. Imagine yourself as a little ant or a giant to change your perspective, toy with the idea of the possible angles available to you.

Sometimes talking to someone similar to you in a professional sense may be of great help. Go to galleries. Try to find an artist who’s doing something that appeals to you, something that the voice inside you says, "I could do that" or "I’d like to be able to do that". Secure an image and copy it to find out what that artist did and how. Then think about recombining ideas.

Cleaning your space might be the break you needed after all. Add a some color to your studio, Always try to inject some colour and life into your studio.It may sound a little like a procrastination move, but sometimes with creative block, a little procrastination, just enough to get your mental gears turning in a new way is fine. When you set up your space to be clean and creatively helpful rather than stressfully messy, it can help you relax enough to get that creative flow going. You need the time and the space to do it. First, make sure you have a place to work. It could be gorgeous spacious room or just your kitchen table, but the most important thing is, make sure you have the time to work. Set aside a specific amount of time and commit to it on a daily basis.

The good news is that having artist block can only be temporary and when you finally get your feet back on the ground, you will come back better than before, ready to be what you are best capable of in this creative industry.

by Sylvia A.Zajc