Every once in a while, you feel like your creativity has left you. For an artist that is an all too familiar feeling and a terrifying one. Why don’t I feel motivated? When will my mojo come back? What’s wrong with me? Where am I? Well, I’m here to tell you to just calm down and take a deep breath. Your creativity hasn’t left for good. The first thing I do is check the last time I took some time off. Burnout is real people and I suffer every so often with this crazy feeling. I think for me I have realized I will never retire as I was doing art before I decided to work in the art fields. Yes, I said “fields”. You see, I am a commercial artist, fine artist, art teacher, art historian, and art therapist. I’m not bragging, life just happened that way. One thing I am really good at is art. I’m an okay wife and mother, better than most but not as good as some. But I am good at art! When I need to rev up my creativity, I drag out some of my portfolios and have a peek. This usually inspires me to get back to the studios. Yes, I said studios of which I have three. You can guess on the amount of art supplies I have. Yes, it’s massive. Some from as far back as my college days. But I digress. If you are in need of some revving up, try these next six steps to help.

  1. Schedule some dedicated time to daydream.
  2. Keep a sketchbook and pen handy at all times in every situation.
  3. Take a class even if you are a pro. Other artists will inspire you.
  4. Try something different to get out of your comfort zone.
  5. Brainstorm with someone. Even if the other person has no clue what you are talking about.
  6. Take a walk and drink lots of water.