Overcoming Artist’s Block

The famous and loathed artist’s block. Much like writer’s blocks, this occurs when the motivation well runs dry. I have been there before. Usually the cause is being emotionally and physically exhausted. Many people have asked me for tips on how to overcome it. Here are 5 tips I have learned through my experience.

  • Take breaks and go for walks. For me, taking a brief stroll in my neighborhood helps. I enjoy hikes as well in nature and a change of scenery. 
  • In my last blog, I discussed time management. It may seem like a conflict but if you’re experiencing a block, relax your time constraints. It may be a good chance to take a break and to get that cup of coffee with your friend, get dinner with family or play with your cats which always works for me. 
  • Watch videos of your favorite artists. I love creating my work and posting it. I find watching others inspires me as well. Watching art come to life reminds me of why I love it and it gives me the desire to want to create more. 
  • Art prompts- If you look on the internet, you’ll find different challenges. They may be silly but they’re fun to complete. It could get your creative juices flowing. 
  • Do something else that requires a different type of creativity. In my previous blog, I recommended learning a new artistic hobby to support your main one or just do something for fun. I love to walk and take photos. This would be a good time to do something creative in a different element. Examples would be soap making, baking, writing, cooking, etc. 
Cute black and white solid bicolor masked Maine Coon cat kitten, sitting side ways behind paint can and holding brush with front paw. Looking at camera with curious eyes. Isolated on white background.

It’s important not to panic. Everyone in the creative field has those moments. Creating art is a medicine for me but artist’s block is a side-effect. It is inevitable to experience the moments when it hits the pause button and we are no longer churning out work. Our creativity works overtime and it dissipates, like the rain but it also comes back, also like the rain. We all go through dry spells. 

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