The Dreaded Artist's Block...and Ways to Overcome it . ....
Artist's block might not fit exactly into the "Artist's Toolbox" week, but we all know about it, we all have probably
experienced it, and we all hope it will never come our way again.
When a person is sick in body, eating is sometimes the LAST thing we want to do. But it is necessary to speed our way
to recovery. In the same way, the ideas I would like to set before you may seem like trying to eat something
when you are sick...but these steps may hasten the end of your artist's block.
And really, you have nothing to lose in trying these suggestions!
1. Put DOWN your instrument of art...paintbrush, pencil, pen etc...and go OUTSIDE.
You may be absolutely amazed at the world going on around you, no matter where you live. There will ALWAYS
be something that will catch your eye...something that you haven't seen quite the same way before. Take a big breath and let your
surroundings nurture you a bit. Smile at another person....say good morning, or just hello.
2. Try a different medium to express yourself. Do you write poetry? Try sketching with pencil.
Do you paint? Try photo-manipulation. Do you create jewelry? Try pounding some clay. Do you create fractal
images? Grab your phone or camera and go out to take pictures of nature...or friends. Do you feel uninspired
by your own photography? Try working with a fractal/flame software. (You knew I had to slip fractals into
this journal somewhere!)
3. Find a Mentor in your chosen field of arts. This may take a little work on your part, because YOU have
to look around for someone to guide you a bit. Someone you trust to give you advice for improving
technique as well as inspiring you to continue growing. I have found that most artists here on Deviant Art
love to help out a beginner or even an uninspired artist....you don't have to go through your
artistic "drought" all by yourself.
These are people who have been guidance to me in my own art...and are wonderful Deviant Art advocates.
I think they could even reach Senior member some future day!
So PLEASE do check out their profiles.....and be inspired yourself!
Try to remember that the Education you receive in pursuing art, often comes from people who are...well...better than we are in the chosen craft. Don't be afraid or too proud.to ask for some criticism...I myself Have received some in a couple of different areas....and I hope it will improve all kinds of my art! There are a LOT of artists listed above here...I could have written twice that number...
but had to stop somewhere. But I know each of these artists has given me inspiration
or word's of encouragement or directions on completing a task. I believe they (or others that YOU find)
will do the same for you!
4. Now, I don't want any groaning over this next suggestion. It is an activity to take your eyes off of
yourself and encourage others...and it is a mainstay in the artistic community. I am talking about
leaving comments that are MORE than just "good work" or "awesome dude!"
I am guilty of this myself, but when I DO leave comments that tells the artist different things I
liked about his/her work, it encourages them as well as sharpening my own eyes...AND
becomes a source of inspiration for you as well ! Try leaving a comment on at least ONE of these beauties below
that tells WHAT you like about the art OK?
So, really now! Try and leave a comment that contains substance about the piece of art being used. Doing this simple act
can open up new possibilities and ideas in your own brain. You could even be amazed! I plan to do some checking
on these submissions to see if anyone wrote a worthwhile comment!
5. Get INVOLVED with a couple of groups that support whatever kind of art-work you do. There
are literally thousands of groups on Deviant art that cater to nearly every imaginable
art or craft. Also join one or two groups that display art you find interesting or
would like to do in the future. Below is just a sample of the depth and breadth of Deviant Art Groups:
I know I barely scratched the surface in presenting so many wonderful groups here on Deviant Art.
But I encourage you to explore for yourself...join a new group...make some new friends.
You will continue to grow right on through your uninspired time, and perhaps come back with a
fantastic piece of your own.
Feel free to leave in the comments section below with any and all ways YOU have personally
In the past, going outside would have sorted me out.....that was until I was forced to moved to the coast. If there is one place I find stultifying, nasty and uninspiring...it is a coastal town in the UK. I have always hated the seaside, but it is now complicated by severe health problems, so the cold is a killer and the breeze never drops even in a heatwave, which makes life extremely difficult.(I have a degenerative spinal condition)
I mention these things because I am curious to know how others with health difficulties get round these issues?
For the record: I don't drive, I am looking for alternative family accommodation and public transport doesn't take you into the depths of the countryside anymore
My sovereign remedy for artists block is to stick music on as loud as possible, grab some paper and a pen, doodle and let the music do its magic
I know that health can be a major problem with roaming around outdoors. I know this is a simplistic answer....but there are times I will pull a chair to a window.....open it if not too too cold...and just LOOK....at everything. I LOVE to see birds. All kinds. I love their noises and cacophonies and watching them peck away.
I love your response here though "My sovereign remedy for artists block is to stick music on as loud as possible, grab some paper and a pen, doodle and let the music do its magic "
I do sit by the window a lot...there isn't much view though as I am on a commercial street above shops..in the UK that generally means the opposite side of the road, and hence the buildings, is only around 20-25 feet away... Once the weather is warm enough I will be much better