It's no wonder with that kind of thinking that I have hit a creative brick wall! As I pondered the problem I realized that a lot of you might be in the same place right now. I thought I'd take a few moments to share some things I do to get the creative juices flowing in the hope it might inspire us all:
1. Self Exploration - Think about your past projects, current thoughts, goals, successes and failures. Create a dedicated notebook or sketchpad where you can write down thoughts and ideas as they come to you and then go back later to expand on those ideas in more depth. I get a lot of creative sparks just flipping through my notebook and day dreaming.
2. Explore Other Artists - When I'm in a creative rut, I go online and look at art I love. I also search out art I DON'T love to see subjects from different sides. Kill some time browsing FLICKR, Drawn!, Humor Blogs, even places like The American Creativity Assn for ideas and inspiration. Go to your favorite Artist chat rooms (ETSY would be one of mine) and talk to other artists. They are often eager to give you ideas and suggestions for taking your art in other directions.
3. Collaborate - Work on a piece of art with someone else. Even working together in the same room on different pieces of art gives you a chance to share and expand your creativity.
4. Take A Class - In your area of expertise or another area completely. Never assume that you know everything there is to know about your art and the materials you use.
5. Experiment - Just because you CAN and DO sell some of the pieces you create does not mean everything you do has to be marketable. I get irritated with myself sometimes because I know what will SELL -vs- what I would LIKE TO CREATE and I gravitate toward the marketable projects. Give yourself permission to do something fun and different and be willing to throw it in the trash when you're done. Great things can come from that kind of freedom. You will ALWAYS learn something from this type of project and creative disasters also make great blog posts!
6. Do Something Every Day - It does not have to always be in your area of expertise. Paint, sculpt, draw, dance, sing - just make creativity part of your day - EVERY DAY.
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