As creatives we are always putting pressure on ourselves to think of the next big and best artwork to surprise our audiences both online and at exhibitions. This can be mentally and physically draining sometimes giving us a creative block. These are some of the things I suggest doing when you're in a creative slump:
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- Take A Step Back + Have Some Personal Time - This is definitely number one on the list if you are having a bad day, week or month. You can do anything you want to do, but it needs to be something you enjoy and something that is healthy for your mind. Sometimes I like to lay in bed and watch movies - no harm in that. It means I can switch off my creative side and focus on relaxing.
- Go to Museums + Exhibitions - Once you are feeling a little less caught up in your thoughts get out of the house and go see what's going on in your town or city. If you are new to the area or don't know of any museums or exhibitions on you can google what's on. Make sure to check what time it is running and when they are open! You don't want to turn up and disappoint yourself if it's closed or not set up yet.
- Try Something Different - I mean this in a creative way, for me, I use found materials and collage them together so I love getting the easel and paints out when I am feeling a little flat. Although this isn't my usual method of creating, it definitely is a great way of letting go and get the creative juices flowing! You might even discover a new method to incorporate into future works.
- Read A Book - Reading a book is a great way to get your imagination working through someone else's mind. Some of the books I recommend to read are: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama, Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso and (a childhood favourite) The Wild Things by Dave Eggers.
- Organise a Trip to Somewhere New or Familiar - If you have the time and finances to do this, I definitely recommend organising a trip with a friend or going solo to somewhere new. I love travelling, this is the best way to gain new found inspiration. There is nothing like the first time you go somewhere! If you do end up on a trip make sure to check out the local galleries and museums.
- Meet Up with Friends, Family or Other Creatives - This one is probably the best out of all six that I recommend; friends and family are EVERYTHING to me. It is the best way to take your mind off things and be authentic to not only yourself but your art. If you aren't in close proximity to any family or you are new to town and haven't made any friends yet, sign up and go to gallery exhibitions. There you can meet like minded people and possibly friends for life!
Stumbling upon exhibitions is the greatest sign that you are on the right path!