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Artist's Block?

Monday, May 23, 2016

I've had artist's block for the longest time. For a short period about 6 months or so ago, I started experimenting with watercolours and it was working really well. Then one day I woke up and I just had nothing. I sat there, staring at a blank piece of paper, wondering what I could possibly put on it. And I had no answer. So I gave up.
If I'm truly honest with myself, I'm not sure whether it really is entirely a block, a whole lot of laziness, or I've lost my passion (I really, really hope not). Laziness is something I've struggled with my whole life. I'm a very lazy person and even making small changes to my couch-potato life has at times felt like rolling a hay bale up a hill. Despite this struggle, however, I have made some pretty serious changes to my lifestyle over the past couple of years, which I'm quite proud of and plan to keep up indefinitely. At least I know that if it is laziness that's holding me back, I just need to kick my own butt a bit and I will be able to overcome it.
My biggest fear in relation to my artist's block, is that perhaps it's not laziness or an actual mental/creativity block. Perhaps I have lost my passion for art. Sometimes I think to myself, I should paint today, then I think, ugh, I really don't want to. That makes me wonder if I have actually completely lost my desire to create art. This would be a bit of a tragedy for me, as it's been my main hobby since I was a child, it's something that's always been there for me. If I was bored I could draw. If I felt down I could paint it all out.
I'm not entirely sure how to help myself, especially if I've lost my passion. I suppose perhaps if I can set myself a goal of painting or drawing for even just half an hour every day, that might spark something inside me and I may rediscover my love of all things art. Wish me luck, because I feel like something is missing from my soul and it's going to be a struggle to get it back.
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    I agree with Serene and Sally: "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron might be worth a look. I'm a scholar, but it has helped me with writer's block several times so maybe it's worth a look...

    1819 days ago
    Hah, just read the comment by @serene-again, but I was going to recommend the same book. I'm reading it right now! It's a great tool for overcoming that block!
    1819 days ago
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    Please ignore this suggestion if it's not helpful to you, but the book The Artist's Way helps me reconnect with my creativity. I've read it several times, and it motivates and invigorates me every time.
    1819 days ago
    Creativity can't be forced as you have found out. Sometimes you need a break... sometimes journaling your feelings about it will give you insight. When you are feeling right about things it will come in painting or maybe a new form. Be kind to you!
    1819 days ago
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