Getting Out of the Doldrums

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in general | 0 comments

happychc5Part of being an artist is learning to handle the “down” times when you feel no inspiration. That’s the time to put aside some of the challenging work and have a breather.

Here are some things I do to get out of the creative doldrums:

1. Un-clutter

Piles build up around my work area. Sketches from old projects, odd materials, pencils get mixed in with the paints . . . you get the idea. Un-cluttering helps clear my mind so I can refocus. Sometimes rearranging my studio is helpful. If you have the luxury, just moving the position of my table can do it. My husband used to investigate the sound of me pushing things around. “I thought you were going to paint?” My answer . . . “I’m on my way.”

2. Learn something new.

The great part of having a creative community is that you learn from one another. Learning just one new technique for watercolor can restart my creativity. Every member brings tips and treasures they have learned.

Recently, a friend introduced us to a pen called the Elegant Writer. Adding water to your line causes the ink to run. Lifting the extra water brings out beautiful colors of blue and pink. It was a delightful spark for our group. And it spilled over to my young students.

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3. Go back to what you love.

If I’ve been working with little success, I can get burned out after a while. So, I go back to making little paper-art pieces. They are non-threatening and I can almost always guarantee success. I find it relaxing. At least I’m having fun and staying in the studio.


4. Go back to Your source.

It’s easy to get so wrapped up with using your gifting you neglect the Gift Giver. Psalm 1 says when we walk in God’s counsel, delight and meditate upon His Word, we “will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

To me, being in God’s word and keeping it on my heart as I work, is the best advise I can give to help the artist remain fruitful and prospering in creativity.


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