I am not actually an artist. I am a writer, a gardener, a knitter, a cook, an animal lover and an awesome wife. But I am not an artist. I am married to one though. And as with most artistic people, my husband isn’t just one specific type of artist, dabbling in whatever might take his fancy. His creativity and vision, his ability to take an idea from his head and make it manifest into something tangible continually amazes me. This ranges from his musical creations all the way to the random pieces of garden art he has made me. I’m pretty lucky right?
The other side of being artist though, is is the frustration and moodiness that comes when hitting an artistic or creative block. With a lot of research and experience helping to overcome these blocks, I want to share with you my top 5 pieces of advice on how to come out on the other side in even better shape to create.
Just keep in mind, very artist experiences this and it is not permanent. Look at it as an opportunity opposed to a failure and that is the very first step.
- See what your creative block has to offer you. Maybe it is more time for your friends and family, or time to start a completely different type of project. Or maybe just time for yourself to relax and recuperate those artist juices.
- Step away from your art. If you work in a studio, schedule some time away from it. Go for a walk, drive or adventure instead. Spend that time doing something else. Don’t even walk in there for several days or even a few weeks.
- Immerse yourself in the art or music that inspired you. Get back to the basics of what drove you to want to create in the first place.
- Expand outwards, take time to embrace others creativity. Go to an art gallery, a concert, the library. Spend time experiencing something new that relates to your creativity.
- Get moving and eating healthier. Physical motion, especially the act of walking or running can do wonders for your creative mind. And don’t forget to spice up your diet a bit as well, there are a ton of great foods out their for your creativity!
Remember there aren’t any quick fixes and everyone must find what works for them. There is no guarantee that what helped last time will work this time either. Listen to yourself and do what feels right.