What To Do When You Have Artist’s Block

Once again, I’ve let a long period of time elapse since the last time I updated this blog. I could make a lot of excuses about how I was busy with work, or being down because of winter weather, but the truth is I’ve had artist’s block. Artist’s Block is the sneaky little cousin of writer’s block that you don’t hear about as often because artists don’t write things down as much as writers do. Just like writer’s block, artist’s block leads to a lack of productivity as you sit in your studio looking around saying; “I should make something,” but you don’t, and slowly, time passes by and you haven’t created anything.

I wish I had a simple answer about what to do when you have artist’s block. I’m sure you can find tons of lists out there that tell you to do things like change up your routine, try a new medium, or do some freestyle sketching or doodling. I don’t have any advice like that. The advice I have for you is the advice I have been giving myself: it’s okay. It’s okay to go through a creative drought. It’s okay to go weeks or months without making anything. You are not lazy or wasting your talent. All artists go through periods where we’re not creatively motivated, it’s normal. Above all, we are artists because we love making things, and we should make things because we love it, not because we think we should. So don’t feel bad if you’re in a rut right now. Your creativity will return. In the mean time, enjoy those other things you didn’t have time for when you were making art!

Two Crows In Tree original watercolor painting by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Two Crows In Tree original watercolor painting by Laurel Anne Equine Art
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