Getting past |STUCK|
\nRight before I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I hit a major wall- artistically speaking.
\nI had been on such a roll with a new series! I was exploring ideas in ways I had never done before; I hadn't seen anyone else produce work like I was making, and that bolstered my confidence greatly.
\nSo, when the road block hit, I felt devastated.
\nLooking back, now I can see how some of the emotional rollercoastering might have had to do with pregnancy hormones.
\nAt the time, however, I was just confused and trying to find a source to lay the blame.
\nWe were living in a much smaller space, and I had been aching to take my work in a larger direction. I was beginning to feel I was reaching the limit of the series on such small grounds...
\nMy supplies were packed up- even more now than when we were living with family. Keeping my art supplies "put away" always seems to affect my productivity; it makes it seem like such a huge task to pull everything you need to work out of the closet, when you've grown accustomed to having a studio set up and left in progress for the next session.
\nThere were other reasons I could justify my lack of motivation and production, but after all these years as an artist, there was the one truth I knew.
\nThis Happens. To every artist.
\nThere are several steps you can take if you face a block.
\nRemember, this is not the end.
\nThe trick is to remember that it will pass and to (somehow) enjoy the time in between bursts of creative force. Perhaps this is the beginning of something new about to blossom. Perhaps you need to process what has just flowed from you creatively, and once given some time & space, you will be able to return with renewed vigor and clarity.
\n2. Don't beat yourself up.
\nThis one is hard. Especially if the block lasts longer than you think necessary. But, this time is vital for your mental health and overall quality of work. Often times the Best work follows periods of self reflection and calm.
\n3. a) Just show up.
\nJust pulling out supplies and putting something down is a Huge step in the right direction. Progress isn't always the most important part: Persistence is.
\n3. b) Have fun.
\nDon't put too many rules on what you do. Try to get back to the truth of it- the reason you started doing all this in the first place. Relax into your media and remember why you do what you do!
\n4. Look for inspiration.
\nIt can happen anywhere and any time. The key is to Allow yourself to be inspired. Read books, the ones you've been meaning to get to and ones you'd never have given a second glance before. Look for pictures of things that interest you. Watch movies. Meditate/ pray and Journal. Surf the web and willingly follow the rabbit trail on interesting ideas. Anything can turn into a lead!
\nRecently, I tried to follow my own advice and low and behold, my rut is in the past! I have discovered a whole new subject to explore and I am more excited now than I have been in months. (Aside from the growing baby, of course.)
\nBut, I shall save that for another time.
\nGood luck in your endeavors.
\nIf you have any Unsticking tips or advice, I would love to hear! Feel free to comment below.
An Artist & Adventurer