Wouldn't it be wonderful if every time we wanted to paint
a picture, write a poem, or sculpt a figure the ideas would
flow smoothly and the creation would be perfect? Unfortunately,
that is rarely the case. Right now, as far as my art work
goes, I might as well be living in the desert. No matter how
often I sit down at the computer, I cannot envision anything.
We all work differently. I need an initial concept. Without
that, I am lost.
Have you ever wondered why at times, ideas keep flowing so
fast that you cannot keep up with them, and at other times
they are not present at all? Recently, I have been trying
to analyze the situation to try to rekindle my ideas. I have
the need to work, but I cannot create anything, so all I feel
is frustration. Short of having to prepare for a show which
always seems to spur me creatively, I have been trying to
see if there are other avenues that I haven't explored yet.
I will share some avenues that sometimes have worked for me
since a "Creative Desert" is a state of mind that
we all experience from time to time. I always wonder what
brings it on because I have never found a particular state
that precedes it. It is something that just seems to happen.
The following is a list of some of the ways that have helped
me in the past overcome this blockage.
- Do something else that is creative but in another field
- like write an article.
- Don't worry about not doing the art work; remember, the
creativity will return.
- Do something mundane like scanning in all those negatives
that have been sitting around.
- Stay away from the computer and catch up on all the things
that remain normally undone.
©Paula Sanders 2002
from my Renderosity column July 10, 2002