MemberJanuary 13, 2021 at 7:04 am
As am sure of.. we all have this problem?..no inspiration whats so ever☹ Setting up stillife and just blah…cant even 😳searching for inspiration but, no nothing 😤 It seems like whenever i finish a painting…this happens…am like drained…so what Do You Do to get your mojo back????
MemberJanuary 14, 2021 at 8:50 am
I have just completed, two weeks ago, an oil 16×20 that required more from me than anything else I’ve done in a while. After completion I felt mentally weary. Similarly, my wife has felt this way after completing her sort of marathon work, and when she gets on a mental steam engine roll, I stay out of the way. We each notice that the other may need coffee or tea brought to us, but otherwise, “keep out of my space”! Thus, we seem to all have this experience of tiredness and/or reluctance to dive back into the work. After 20+ years of personal production, I decided some time ago that our minds need a complete down time much the same as does a race horse. We’re not machines, so we may as well enjoy the down time doing something that “delights” our mentality. Sometimes it’s cooking. Sometimes it’s cleaning up the studio. Sometimes it’s a walk down by the river or visiting friends. Whatever this is, our minds and bodies seem to know better than we do what the necessities for happiness and inner readiness require. Not to present a cliche, take time to smell the roses, or the food as it cooks, or nature, or maybe each other if that works.
MemberJanuary 26, 2021 at 8:26 pm
I agree with you Mike. I’ve come to learn to accept those times when I’ve run out of creative gas as it were (I used to get frustrated about that) and then taking the time out to do some other diversion works wonders. Going for walks in the woods or along the seashore seems to bring back pleasant memories of past outings for inspiration. Also doing a project around the home keeps my mind mentally engaged but without using up any of the emotional energy that a painting requires. I think we each have our own places were we can escape and be topped up for our next painting adventure. 🙂
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 6:54 am
I know exactly where you are coming from. My last two paintings were my absolute best (at least I think so). They were approached with the attitude that it would be challenging but doable. There was no doubt, no fear, and I just painted.
After they were finished and the goal accomplished, my mind switched gears asking, “What next? How am I ever going to achieve something like this again?” Nothing seemed to pique my interest. Nothing inspired me. I felt empty. Though not inspired, I felt hungry to create something, anything, but wanted my next painting to be even better than the ones before.
This created too much pressure on myself. Yes, I need to paint. Yes, I need something challenging. Yes, I want to continue to learn and grow as an artist. On and on until I had the realization of “paralysis by analysis.”
I heard an artist’s advice once to not wait until you are inspired to create your artwork. You may never create anything again for months or even years. Just begin, and let the work itself inspire you.
I now know it is okay to regroup and allow myself time to find my next subject. I look at websites that offer royalty-free reference photos and just look at internet images of still life paintings and master’s works. It took just a short period of time once I gave myself permission to relax until I found my next project. Once that was found, it hit me right between the eyes and struck me like flint, the spark igniting within me to just paint.
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