Photo caption: When you are experiencing artist’s block, it seems like those golden “aha” moments come few and far between. Image by mohamed ramzee from Pixabay.
Everything was ready. The brushes were laid out in order. The paints had been selected and squeezed onto the palette. The crisp, clean canvas was placed perfectly on the easel. Inspirational instrumental music played quietly in the background. Yes, everything was ready.
Then, blank. No movement. No thought. Just staring blankly at the crisp, white canvas.
You’ve been there. Maybe your music choice was different. Maybe you were sitting at the potter’s wheel instead of the easel.
Or you may have been sitting staring at a blank pad of paper or blank word doc on the computer screen.
Whatever your art of choice, you’ve had moments when you simply did not know what to do next.
You’ve run into the dreaded artist’s block, the killer of your artistic momentum!
Unfortunately, some artists don’t have the determination nor the know-how to power through their creative blocks. This stalls their work, and if the condition isn’t corrected, begins to demoralize them.
That’s why the heroic artists of today fight so hard against their blocks.
If you’re on this page, then chances are you’re experiencing your own share of blocks. This short guide on breaking through your creative blocks covers what they are and offers you a few tips for pushing past them and on to artistic victory.
Also known as creative block, an artist’s block is a period of time when an artist is unable to create. Your mind is just blank. You don’t have any ideas bursting from your soul, waiting to be brought to life on your canvas or through whatever medium you use.
Sometimes you can just “push through” the block and get moving again. But there are other times when you’re weighed down with life and all that goes with it, and it just piles up like bricks forming a huge wall that blocks you from creating. There are times you need to dig deep and find out why you’re blocked.
Video caption: Creative block often manifests as resistance. This MAI video talks about how to overcome resistance and get your creative juices flowing again.
Actually, there could be a variety of reasons why you have a creative block. Step away, grab a cup of coffee or tea, take a sketchbook, pen or pencil, and settle into a comfy place.
Then just sit quietly for a few moments. Don’t panic. Just sit quietly and let thoughts drift into your mind. Write down or sketch out your thoughts.
Do NOT analyze anything at this point. Simply let the thoughts flow into the creativity of your hands putting words or drawings down on paper.
When you come to a pausing point, then you can start figuring out what may be causing the block. Here are some possible groups your thoughts may fall into.
These are just a few possibilities. You may have grouped your thoughts into other areas. But knowing the “why” behind the block is important. It will help you pick up the right tool to tear that wall down and to kick your creative work up a notch.
Once you know what’s been the cause of your block, you can do something to bolster your creative thinking. You can pick up the tool that works best for each creative block.
If you’re bored, maybe just getting up and going for a nature walk will get inspiration flowing again. If you’re fearful, you may have to face those fears and push through. For the over-thinkers, well, you just might need to give yourself permission to have fun!
Here are a few ideas for helping your resolve artist’s block:
If we’re really being honest here, there are also times when you just need to shut up, show up, and create. It’s true! Becoming a professional artist means that this is your choice of work. Yes, it’s work you love.
But it’s also work. That means you must treat it like a job and be willing to troubleshoot issues, including artist’s block, in order to work at the highest levels possible. If you’d like more tips on how to overcome your creative blocks, then think about signing up for a FREE trial membership to Milan Art Institute’s Art Club. Each month, you’ll have access to new content that will help you push past your creative blocks and on to becoming the culture warrior you’ve always dreamed of becoming.
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