Where did my Inspiration go?
Notes on Art Block and the cycle of the Creative Mind
The Cycle of Inspiration
Creativity is like a pool of water, and you draw inspiration out from it when you create.
But it is not bottomless or infinite.
There is a view that artists must always be inspired, and artists experiencing art block tend to stress over their lack of inspiration.
But the artistic mind, perfectionistic and anxious as it is, makes you believe that you must always be inspired. Thanks, brain.
So this leaves you with two choices; to wait for the rain, or to take control and make it rain.
How to refill your creativity
Inspiration is a mixture of the things you experience in the world, and of things that come from within yourself.
Art cannot flourish in isolation. This is something I learnt all too well during lockdown last year. There is wonder and beauty and variety out in the world, and this fuels your art practice.
You can’t draw water from an empty pool, and trying to force it will only result in stress.
Take care of yourself, and your creativity will blossom.
Taking care of your inner artist
One of the best things to do if you’re feeling stuck is to ask yourself: “What have I done to nurture my inner artist?”
Have you taken her outside for some time in nature? Have you shown her art that lights her up?
And most importantly, have you shown her patience and given her rest when she needs it?