I hit a wall trying to write today. I wanted to write about the importance of expressing strong feelings in your work, but I couldn’t figure out how to tie it all together. It was frustrating. But I knew I could get through it because I’d experienced it before, as a writer and as an artist.
“Artist’s block” is just like writer’s block: ideas are half-formed, but none of them can be fully realized. When I get ready to paint or draw I want so much to take advantage of the time I have to work on art that my urgency can feel like pressure, causing me to freeze up.
Luckily, the solution for writer’s and artist’s block is the same (and it is the painting tool that is always with us and never fails): get out of my own head and look around! Use my eyes to absorb what is around me and soak in some new juju.
Look hard — and see clearly — the colors on my wall, the way textures overlap, and how angles and shapes are interacting in my world. So that’s the first painting tool to fight the blahs. But there are tons of others. (Read on for some more great artist’s block preventers!) Continue reading.