As an artist do you ever get confused about what to paint? Do you ever get the painters version of writer’s block? I definitely find myself in this state from time to time. I’ll sometimes enjoy a season of great productivity. I know what I want to say and how I want to say it. It feels great. But it never seems to last for me for more than 6 months or so. I get stuck. How do you deal with this?
I guess I’m writing about this because I’m in one of those funky states right now. I really don’t want to paint what I’ve already painted. As a professional sometimes I need to do this anyway. We create a “product” that both the galleries and collectors want. They want to see more of those smashing pictures you did for your last show. But I have to confess: right now I don’t really give a crap what they want to see. I need some freshness. I need something to breathe life back into my work. I may eventually get back to the “old stuff,” but right now I just can’t do it anymore. This is a not uncommon dilemma for many artists. When I’ve discussed this with my compatriots, it seems it’s an all too familiar place in which to find oneself. So what do we do? What do I do? Continue reading.