In a previous article, I talked about the signs of creative burnout, more commonly referred to as art block – phases when you just can’t bring yourself to create art no matter what, or when creating art simply doesn’t spark joy like it used to. If you have come to the conclusion that you are in an artistic slump, don’t fret – there are things you can do to re-spark your creativity and get back to making art.
1. Engage with the world
You can’t just wait for inspiration to come to you; you have to put yourself in situations where you can find inspiration. Travel, go on walks, visit new places, talk to new people, discover new music – a little novelty in your life goes a long way in keeping you inspired and in the mood for making art. If you spend too much time in your own little bubble and never leave your comfort zone, your perspective probably isn’t as broad as it could be, and as a result, your creativity might be suffering. Try to spice things up every once in a while and make sure you’re living life to the fullest to keep art block at bay.
2. Clean your space
The power of cleaning is not to be underestimated. Bringing order and tidiness to your working space can do wonders for your mood, mental wellness, productivity, and creative potential. Chaos in your environment often reflects chaos in your headspace, and vice versa. If you’ve been neglecting your chores and letting things pile up in your room for a while, it’s no wonder that you’ve been experiencing difficulties in creating art on a regular basis. Tidying up might be exactly what you need to do to boost your mood and beat art block!
3. Be self-indulgent
You can’t commit to art if you don’t do it for yourself above all else. For artists on social media, in particular, there is a very real pressure to conform and draw what everyone else is drawing and what everyone else likes to see, but making art primarily for views or likes is guaranteed to cause art block to install. It’s alright if you like participating in popular art trends, but you need to listen to your heart and create the art you personally want to see too.
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