Monday, May 22, 2017

Blocked


Image transfer with pastel over alcohol ink on deli paper background



For the past few weeks, I've been suffering from "artist's block."  Putting that aside,  when I actually do paint something it comes out awful. 

Should I try and break through this or just ride it out?
If fellow painters / crafters have any suggestions, please share.  I know it happens to everyone (almost everyone).

Thanks, friends.




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  1. just ride it out, dont force things or it just gets worse I find. try a different new medium to you? sometimes that helps. or just go off and do something you have wanted to do for a long time that isnt art related?

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    1. Sounds like a plan, Jennifer. Thank you.

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  2. Beautiful. As far as the block, I agree with Jennifer, dear friend. Give it time. Enjoy some time in nature, spend some time with friends and family and don't lose your enthusiasm for life. The rest will fall into place.

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  3. I'm just thrilled, dear Chris, for
    Trees are like friends to me.
    Fantastic picture.
    Greetings Sadie

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  4. wonderful fantastic this picture!!!
    That happens to me also and then wait under pressure brings nothing, just what else do!
    Greetings Elke

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  5. I know that very well, dear Chris. I always get very nervous and restless when I have a creative hole ... These phases are always there in life, but suddenly they are over.
    Sometimes a walk into nature is very liberating ...
    I like your spring tree!
    Best regards from Ulrike

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  6. Lovely tree! Maybe take a class. It takes the pressure off because you don't have to think about what to do. You get assignments. Being around other people in the class might be stimulating. Another idea is to take your digital camera with you and go for long walks. Snap pictures of anything and everything.

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    1. Thank you, Candy. Great advice. I'll shop around for a local class & keep my camera nearby!!

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  7. Chris I have had artist block for four months now. And it is terrible. I feel that I shale never get back to painting. Your lucky only three weeks. Best of luck to you mate. Nice painting. All the best.
    Vic.

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    1. Oh, no, Vic... Four months. Maybe a suggestion offered by someone on this blog will help you, too.
      Wishing you the best also.

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  8. Well here goes. Just paint. Paint anything. Paint your fear. Paint the "block". Paint what you love. Just paint. It will take care of itself.

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    1. Surely spoken by someone who has been there. Thank you, Helen.

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  9. Love this painting, very free and fresh ! And I love Helen's advice, maybe that is the right way to do it :-)

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  10. Helen is right...just show up and do something and the key is DO NOT BE CRITICAL of what you do. Just toss it or wipe it if you do not like it. Sometimes, looking back you see it was quite good, but "the mood" did not let you see that at the time..
    When i was an illustrator I had to work no matter what - and yes, some times were not as creative or good as others. I didnt have the luxury of even thinking I had a block...it was work and I HAD to do it. So why, when we are our own bosses, do we call it a block?
    Ask yourself if it has a root. Sometimes we are unaware of a change which has started in our art and it becomes a struggle. It may be concern for a situation, but just showing up in the studio and piddling can be just the ticket. Not easy I know but there again it is part of who we are. I am sending warmest art vibes your way so catch....

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    1. You're right. If I had to go to work, I couldn't afford to worry about a "block."
      I think I know what the root is - no space / supplies to do the type of art that I want to do. I'm allowing it get to me.
      See - I just caught those warm art vibes! I'll dust myself off and do something.
      Thank you so much, Julie.

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  11. My tuppence worth....go easy on yourself it is hard when you are between workspaces, I believe you are house hunting and it is very stressful not feeling rooted.

    What works for me is to go for a walk and pick up something/anything...for me it's usually a pebble, shell, feather or leaf. I take it home and start looking at it, start drawing the details - not the thing - just details as I start to concentrate I begin to get lost in the shapes, colours and marks. I do this again and again until a little spark starts - then I carry on until it becomes a flame. The important thing for me is to keep working because if I stop it becomes harder and harder to start again. It doesn't matter if it gets chucked no one need see it except me. It can be quite a freeing experience. Maybe this can work for you too?

    Best of luck, it can put you right out of sorts when you don't feel creative.

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    1. Your tuppence worth is very much appreciated, Lisa. I never thought to approach the problem like that. I'll see if I can get that spark going.
      Thank you so much, Lisa.

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  12. I think we all go through this....when I do...I just take my pastels and scribble until something appears!! I just started painting since my surgery in March and it feels awesome.... I think you'll be painting sooner than you think.... You have an amazing talent that needs to be shared with us!!!! ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. Good advice.
      So glad your surgery went well!!

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  13. Hi, Chris! Your friends have given you a lot of great suggestions. I'm so grateful for bloggers! Everyone is so kind and generous.

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    1. So true, Candy.
      I took your advice and signed up for a class. It's only a one day class, but it's a good start. Thank you for that.

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  14. I like to take days/weeks off at a time. Give myself a breather. I also like to try something different like a small bite size sewing project. I try to listen when I have a block and give it space. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Kali. Doing something different is very appealing. Appreciate it.

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  15. I like this tree very much!
    When I have "art block", I go and read art books (I have many at home), or I look on other blogs (like yours) ... could be some good inspiration :)

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    1. Thank you, Rike. I have spent a lot of time on your art blog! Good advice.

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  16. Chris I wouldn't call this awful ! On the contrary, I find this painting really interesting, different yes but also full of life. I love the shapes and the colors. You should be more sure of yourself, you always do amazing stuff! A big hug!­čî╗

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  17. Thankssssss, Helen. I'll take that hug!

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  18. You know I love trees. No artist block here! Wish my house was together so I could play with paints.....

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