How to Deal with Artist's Block

Being a creative human being is not an easy task, especially when your brain starts to act in a way that goes against you. This is what most artists deal with; it’s the crippling effect of many things, like fear, laziness, and most especially, the artist’s block. But, how do we get over this monster that takes away what brings life to us?

Paint brush in hand

As an artist, dealing with such kind of block in my creative life is truly a tough moment for me. No, it doesn’t happen to me once but more than that. The worst part is, it occurs when I really need to create something. Now, how do I get rid of this mental blockage?

Before, I thought that the best way to get rid of artist’s block is to just let the time pass. But this is not an effective way to spark your inner creative child. It may be a process to bring it back, but never let it linger until it is gone.

I would like to share with you what I do or what are simple things that can move you from the dark place you are in right now on your creative journey.

Record Your Impulse Inspiration

The truth is, inspiration is a bitch (sorry not sorry for the word). It comes to you at a moment when you are doing something else. But when you need it the most, it’s gone. That’s why as a creative person, it always comes in handy to bring something that you can record ideas that spark at the moment.

art journal for 2019
Write it down.

Create, Create, Create

Yes, you read that right! You have to continually create no matter if the result is not perfect or the way you want it to be. If you are a writer, keep on writing no matter if what you write makes no sense at all. If you’re a painter, paint even if the picture turns out to be odd.

tiny nature art
Daily art challenge can help.

The only way to unleash your creativity is to keep on creating. You cannot sit around waiting for inspiration to come, because as mentioned earlier, it only comes when you are busy doing something. Make inspiration happen by creating something.

Take a Walk or Vacation

You can hear this from a lot of artists. Do you know why they recommend this often? It is because of the power it has. If you want to be inspired, you have to let go of everything that is holding you down. You have to take a step back to see the bigger picture of whatever you need to find.

green scenery in Camp John Hay Baguio City
Walk in nature.

Go and take a walk in nature. Go somewhere else without the distraction of your work, family and friends, and technology. Find yourself, and you’ll discover that inner creative being you used to be.

Look at Others Art

I get inspired by just looking at other people’s art or even hearing success stories of artists. They drive me to work harder and be genuinely passionate about my creative journey.

artwork illustrator instagram
Photo Credit: @helena.perezgarcia

Sometimes looking at other people’s work may be overwhelming or intimidating, but if we shift our minds and look at the story of these artists, we can somehow be inspired by it. But if you don’t like looking at other people’s art because it only brings you down, then don’t do what can only hurt your creative mind.

Those are simple ways I or you can do to bring out your passion, especially when everything seems to be out of control. You see, art cannot be rushed, and so is the mind of the artist. So take your time to reboot your creative soul, and take this journey one step at the time. You will eventually reach that place where you will create something beautiful, non-stop. Your soul will dance with you, and every stroke, every note, every word, and every move will gracefully pour out of you, and you will shine brightly like the sun.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    Excellent tips!


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