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