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ArtistForum
10-20-2015, 04:37 PM
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There will come a time when, artistically speaking, you will seem to hit a brick wall.

You will feel certain you will never again be able to create a painting , complete a drawing, sculpt, or take a good picture.

You are experiencing a creative block.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

Yes, it will pass, as long as you don't give up.

The solution is simple.


Keep painting.
Keep drawing.
Keep sculpting.
Keep taking pictures.

Your inspiration WILL return. :biggrin:

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dickhutchings
10-20-2015, 04:51 PM
OK, since your forcing me.:biggrin:

Nice brick wall.

TerryCurley
10-20-2015, 05:13 PM
It's a good piece...but not everybody will agree with you. Some people feel it's best to just let it go for awhile or try something different. I don't know what is right but I know I absolutely hate it when someone tells me to do something I just don't feel like doing.

dickhutchings
10-20-2015, 06:05 PM
Tell us how you really feel Terry.

Cricket
10-20-2015, 06:29 PM
It's a good piece...but not everybody will agree with you. Some people feel it's best to just let it go for awhile or try something different. I don't know what is right but I know I absolutely hate it when someone tells me to do something I just don't feel like doing.

For me, with photography, I keep shooting but I focus on something different. As an example, right now I am struggling with my wide angle lens. I just can't seem to "get it" so I put it down for a bit and picked up my long lens again as a reminder to myself that I don't totally suck. Next week, I will pick the wide angle back up again, but I don't stop shooting.

TerryCurley
10-20-2015, 07:00 PM
Yeah but that's you, and it is many other artists. But it's not me, if I don't feel like painting I won't paint. I do some crocheting or start some other project that has nothing to do with painting. So I guess I have a problem reading an article saying this is what I should do.

Cricket
10-20-2015, 07:11 PM
Yeah but that's you, and it is many other artists. But it's not me, if I don't feel like painting I won't paint. I do some crocheting or start some other project that has nothing to do with painting. So I guess I have a problem reading an article saying this is what I should do.

I don't think it was intended to tell you what to do. It was more just saying not to give up completely. Some folks put it down and never pick it back up.

And it is certainly okay to disagree with the post. I see stuff every day that I don't agree with. :biggrin:

TerryCurley
10-20-2015, 07:29 PM
Just saying how it hits me...that's all. Had you not asked I would not have said anything.

FanKi
10-22-2015, 05:39 PM
I agree with terry. If I don't feel like I want to do something, I won't be doing it. I think it's even worse if I try it

Jim Gillum
10-23-2015, 12:03 AM
When my brush or camera does not seem to want to produce....I shift gears into some other creative area.....(being totally retired I have time).....
Until the creative juices flow in the art direction again.....

Time in the kitchen is both relaxing and fruitful...(no pun intended)...
Works for me...:)

Liz
10-23-2015, 12:18 AM
I try to make myself paint or draw even when I don't feel like it. Once I get started I forget that I pushed myself to pick up that pencil or brush and can't get myself to put it down.

My problem is coming up with something to paint because I don't want to just copy photos but come up with my own compositions and a lot of times no matter how much I try nothing pans out and I start thinking maybe never again will I come up with anything.

JohanMalm
10-23-2015, 05:02 AM
I try not to stop drawing when I hit the famous wall. I usually go into realistic mode when I do. I always use photos as a reference when I draw, sometimes the problem is that I just got bad reference pictures and it all turns out like crap. Then it's a period of anxiety before I finally realize that it was the motive that was wrong.

When I got really god inspiration I combine reference pictures to make something completely new. When I don't, I practice on my realism or just go back to something I'm really comfortable with like portraits.

It can also help to do some commission work were someone else tell you what to do.

My inspiration takes different paths, sometimes it comes out as a drawing sometimes it turnes into me making music. Or something really strange like cooking or building lego with the kids.

TerryCurley
10-23-2015, 06:47 AM
This is turning out to be such an interesting thread.

Liz I sure can relate to the problem of coming up with original compositions that are good. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about compositions. Videos by Stephan Bauman on compositions have been helpful but I still have a long way to go in learning good composition.

Jim Gillum
10-23-2015, 09:23 AM
Another system that works for me is a boat ride....

I like landscapes with water.....
My boat is in the river about 3 miles from the house...the scenery is beautiful....
A couple of hours out on the water is a real re-charge..

Even when the fish are not biting...

Cricket
10-23-2015, 11:18 AM
Another system that works for me is a boat ride....

I like landscapes with water.....
My boat is in the river about 3 miles from the house...the scenery is beautiful....
A couple of hours out on the water is a real re-charge..

Even when the fish are not biting...

Getting out into nature tends to solve a lot of things for me....

pinktreekiss
10-23-2015, 04:08 PM
im a momma of a 13 month old beautiful, wonderful girl.
she has however, almost entirely ended my alone time/meditation time.
It has been wearing on me. I feel lost if I am not creating, learning, connecting.
Nature is one place that always heals and inspires me but recently moved and there is no real nature here!
just clusters and clusters of people and buildings and its dirty. I am from a much cleaner, slower area.
Trying to get back into creating. (other than babies. (hehe)

Jim Gillum
10-24-2015, 01:02 AM
Hang in there pink.......just got my first great grand son....
I have had a bunch of children over the years....

They do finally grow up...and spare you some time....
I miss my little ones...:)

Bushcraftonfire
11-02-2015, 01:19 PM
I think the point is that sometimes we take things too seriously.. I HAVE to paint (draw, etc) In my opinion.. just have fun. I took the original post that way.. just do it.. but have fun doing it.. no masterpiece.. jut be a kid and scribble something out.. then throw it away if you like.. :)

Again.. just my opinion.. no attacks please :)

Susan Mulno
11-07-2015, 08:49 AM
I am often "uninspired", at those times I just go back to basics, I start doing drawing exercises again. Eventually I am hit by something I want to do and I am at it!

I think some of the difference here is feeling "uninspired" vs "don't want to do it". I do have times that I am not interested in drawing, it is rare, I done fight it, in my case it always passes.

jules hilliard
11-11-2015, 11:07 PM
We all come to that stage at one time or another. I think sometimes it comes down to: What shall I paint? Take a break and do something different. You might even go out in the back yard and draw the picnic table, or the neighbors cat. When I paint, and it's not every day, I paint what I feel, how I feel and when I feel. You can not get into the painting if your heart's not in it.

Butterfly88
11-12-2015, 02:06 PM
I find looking at others artists' work helps me when I am like that. That's one reason I am happy I found this forum.