It’s totally normal for creatives and artists to get what is described as a ‘creative block’ or a feeling of being unable to access FLOW.
It’s a given, there will be times when you feel either at a crossroads with your creativity or be faced with a huge brick wall.
The good news is, that it’s a beautiful opportunity for growth
When I think back to my 10 year-old-artist self, I drew and painted for joy. I would spend hours in my back garden sitting on a table my grandfather built and draw. I'd draw and draw and draw.
There was no limitation in my mind, there were no thoughts that I couldn’t do something, in fact I don’t think I thought at all about HOW to draw something, I just drew.
Do you remember feeling like this as a child?
Anyway, I’ve learnt a lot as a professional illustrator and artist over the past 5 years and I know how painful it can feel to get so stuck, that you question if you actually are an artist.
Mind acrobatics are exhausting
Over thinking is torturous
Before I wrote this blog post, I thought, How can I distil down how to deal with a creative block in 3 easy steps, because I don’t want YOU to waste one more second deliberating and worrying, so here goes.
Tell yourself that this isn’t a reflection of your capability to create beautiful art.
Affirmation: I am a wonderful artist, I am compassionate to myself during this time. I am trusting the Universe to reveal more opportunities for me.
Before you go down the self-sabotage rabbit hole, just take a step back.
Shift your mind and tease the focus away from the perceived brick wall and towards a task that will help you organise and breath fresh energy into your creative space.
Cleanse your work space, tidy up, organise folders and art supplies.
Take a long walk and clear your head
Step 3: Something that is often overlooked but Vision questing or brainstorming is a wonderful way to open up the portal for further ideas and creative projects.
So before you start thinking ‘I've got to figure out a solution NOW’ think about enjoying the process of ideas flowing back to you.
I’ve often got stuck on an idea for a deck, and nothing flows through, everything is stuck and the moment I step back a NEW idea flows in and it’s effortlessly easy to assemble and get started with.
So how will you deconstruct the wall?
Will you take bricks out and peer through?
Will you take a sledgehammer to the bricks?
Will you get a ladder and climb over the wall?
Will you walk around the wall?
Think divergently about the problem and transform it to an OPPORTUNITY
YOU ARE CREATIVE
YOU HAVE UNLIMITED IDEAS
YOU WILL FIND A SOLUTION
AND YOU WILL BE OK
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