All artists at some time or other feel a creative block. Finding something to break free from these obstacles can be challenging and discouraging, but it can be done. Sometimes introducing new stimulation to the situation is enough to get you on a roll that may take you down a new creative path. If you feel stagnant in your artwork and need to freshen up your artistic direction, here are a few ideas to help get your creative edge back.
- Broaden your horizons. Read new books and go to new places to experience things that may inspire you. Go to the library and browse through the art history books, old fairy tales (look at the illustrations,) and read stories of lore and legends. All of these things will get your imagination going and inspire you to pick up a paintbrush or other tools used in your genre of art.
- Use guided imagery. Guided imagery is a technique where people are led through a story using words and images. This is meant to encourage them to express themselves through words, art or music. People have successfully used guided imagery to overcome depression and anxiety, but you can use these techniques to get rid of your artistic blocks as well.
- Go to an art fair. Nothing is more inspiring then seeing the works of others and you can see some really unique items and find new ideas get you going. If you are a painter, you may be inspired to try collage work; a sculptor may want to try making jewelry! Be inspired by the genius of the others in the artistic community and set your imagination free.
- Pick up a new skill. Take a class at your community college to learn some new techniques or a whole new art media to get your creative juices flowing. The assignments may help trigger a new style or theme for your work that can keep you working for months.
- Carry a sketchbook or camera. You never know when inspiration may strike. You may discover something by accident one day or pass something on the street. An image may just pop into your head. If you do not have a means of capturing that moment, you may lose it. Try to carry a pocket-sized sketchbook with you so you can sit down and draw what inspires you at that moment. You could also carry a camera with you and just take a quick snapshot.