3 Ways to Beat the Creative Block

One of the hardest parts of creating is creating when you are uninspired. Most every artist has sat staring out the window just waiting for the creative block to pass. I often run into similar blocks and have found some methods that help me cope. Below are three methods that I use. I hope they will help you on your next creative block.

My doodles with pastels

1) Just Doodle

Doodling is a great way to get things pumping. It is like doing a rough draft, but with art. I get out my pastels and start drawing whatever comes to mind. It usually leads to new ideas or color exploration. I personally like using pastels because it is an easy way to get a burst of color. Markers or colored pencils would work the same. Just doodle! Maybe you will even find a new color combination.

2) Go Exploring

Exploring is a change of pace that can get us out of the rut we get in from our daily routines. Exploring does not have to be something exotic or a strain on the budget: even simple things will suffice. I like to go outside and walk around my neighborhood. I often find a building may look different at a different time of day or notice how light may bounce off of the trees in my yard. Sometimes the best ideas happen when you are not searching for them.

3) Learn from others

Expanding your skillset is a good use of time and can create new ideas to try. During this pandemic, there have been many resources that have moved online and become free. Resources can be found at your local community centers, YouTube, or even through a quick google search. I personally have had the best experience with Bluprint/ Craftsy. (https://www.mybluprint.com) Bluprint is an online subscription service to hundreds of instructional videos from garden planting to painting. If it is a craft, it is most likely on there. I try to incorporate what I learn into my paintings. It is always inspiring watching my artwork improve over time.

I hope these tips will help you get the ideas flowing! Comment below and tell me how they work or what method that works for you.

Published by Grace Nestor-Louie

My name is Grace Nestor-Louie and I am a fine art oil painter & muralist in Kent, Ohio. I paint in bright colors and focus on animals and nature. I paint on commission and sell online. Come check out my portfolio and stay connected through Instagram @gracenestorlouie.

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