Creativity can be hard to come by, especially when you’re stuck in a rut. But being an artist is a life-long journey that never ends, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. You can never stop creating or learning more about the art world and your own style as an artist. Looking for new ways to incorporate art into your life? If so, read on! In this blog post, we will share with you some of the best ways to start creating art again. Even if you feel like you have nothing left to give, reading through these tips might just get that fire burning once again.
Go for a walk
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the studio that we forget to look outside. Art is a great way to learn about the world around you, but only if you let it. Going for a walk is a simple activity that can help you get in touch with your surroundings in a whole new way. You can also take a sketchbook with you to jot down any thoughts or ideas that come to you as you’re exploring. This is a great way to experience some inspiration firsthand and get a fresh perspective on your surroundings.
Doodling is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. While it’s often seen as a skill that anyone can do, we’d argue that it takes a certain type of creativity to doodle well. That said, doodling can be a fantastic way to get your creative gears turning again. Whether you’re doodling while in a meeting or on the bus, doodling is a quick and easy way to start getting your creative energy flowing again.
Read an art book or watch an art documentary
If you’re looking for some art inspiration, there are tons of books and documentaries out there. Reading about some of your favourite artists or watching documentaries about the art world can help kickstart your creativity. Some of our favourite art books include The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull. These are great books for anyone who is struggling to find inspiration in their work and life.
Take a break from digital art
It’s no secret that the art world is changing and that more and more people are turning toward digital art. But taking a break from digital art can be a great way to bring your creative fire back to life. This can mean any number of things. It may mean leaving your computer at home when you go out to paint, or not using your tablet when you paint. It might even mean picking up an old medium like oils that you haven’t touched in a while. Whatever you choose, taking a break from digital art is a great way to shake things up and start incorporating a new element into your work.
Try a new medium or technique
We’ve all been in the situation where we have a specific art style in mind, or we like the way our work looks, but then we hit a wall and can’t seem to break out of a rut. One way to combat this is by trying a new medium or technique. You could try painting with a different type of stroke, or pick up a different type of paint. You could also try incorporating a new type of texture into your work, like incorporating beads or knitting into your pieces. Any one of these techniques could help you get back in the flow and shake things up a bit. You can find free and paid classes here.
Join an artist community
Last but not least, you can try joining an artist community. These artist communities are places where artists of all types come together to support each other. Artists can go to these online communities to ask questions, share their work, and find inspiration. For example, ArtStation allows artists of all types to share their work and get feedback from other artists. Plus, it’s a great place to find inspiration and discover new artists to follow. Whether you want to join an online group or find an in-person meetup, joining an artist community is a great way to get inspiration, support, and feedback. You can also use these communities to find new ways to challenge yourself and get inspired to create again. You can find my Facebook group here!
We hope these tips were helpful to you! If you found them useful, feel free to reach out via email. As artists, it’s sometimes difficult to get motivated to create again once we’ve lost (or overworked) our passion for something. These tips can help give you that little push you need to get back into the artistic world, and get back to pouring your heart and soul into your art.
If you need help staying motivated and staying on track, you can always check out our Paint to Awake Facebook Community or connect with @eastham art on Instagram & TikTok.