Monday, August 24, 2009

Creative Blocks: How to Cope

Much has been said on this subject before, and much will, I am sure, be said of it in the future, but I thought I would share a small selection of what I do when I get some form or another of creative block.

As an artist running your own business, it is important that you have some sort of new product on a regular basis to show your clients and this can be one cause of creative block: pressure. Never has one word had so many meanings and been so reviled! Pressure and other stresses can be a major cause of creative blocks and should at all times be put in perspective.

If you find you are suffering form a creative block, try and look at how you are feeling and why. Are you stressed due to finances? Are you stressed trying to plan a wedding? Are you scared that no one will like your work? Try and figure out what is bothering you...really bothering you. Look deep down and find that source of uneasiness. Sometimes your heart may be telling you that it just isn't into what you are doing. Perhaps you are bored with what you are doing or need a shake-up with your materials or methods.

Once you have found your particular type of stress, get rid of it! Are you strapped financially (who isn't)? Worrying about it won't help! Figure out a financial plan and then think positively about it. Then forget it! Whatever your stress, figure out a tentative positive solution or helper, and then put it away.

Now we need to get into the creative thinking mode and make some art! To get into your creative head space, find something you really love to do. Is it walking in a forest? Baking some really good cookies? Singing as loud as you can to your favorite song? Playing with your materials? Do it! Get relaxed and let the creativity come! Sometimes I find that looking at jewelry magazines helps. Other times I need to put it all away and watch a favorite movie or read a good book. Anything to get me relaxed. Once I know I am relaxed, I know the creativity will come.

So here is my advice: take a relaxing bath, listen to music, play with the dog, heck, even take a short nap to recharge your 'batteries'... sometimes you need to be away from your element to feel closer to it - as the expression goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and as long as you are doing something you love, your heart will lead the way. You just need to be patient and not pressure yourself!

Good luck and have fun getting back to creating.

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LindaGJ said...

Hi Meghann,
This really hits home. I found myself so bored making my usual pieces so now I feel so inspired finding mixed media & collage art. My test will be at the fests, but to tell you the truth I'm having so much fun with my new projects, I can hardly sleep! I don't want to mass produce anymore although I use no molds, will have to keep my cards and prints and those things, but I'm headed in a complete different direction and hope to make my pieces affordable to today's economy. I'm gradually going down on my prices although in the 90's my work was booming and I made 4 times more for each piece! My blog won't be hearing from me often as I'm producing and very busy & getting ready for fests, but decided to read a couple of new posts and yours caught my attention. I surely can relate and I feel reborn again! Geez, I'm so dramatic! :D
Have a wonderful week!

Meghann LittleStudio said...

I am so glad you can relate Linda, to the feeling of finding your heart in your art again. I hope your art sells well and that you keep loving what you are doing :)


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