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We asked six artists: What’s something you do to overcome a creative rut?
There are several methods I use to get out of those ruts. One way is to simply sit down and draw. Try something new. But the most reliable fix I’ve found is to travel. Traveling and experiencing something new is always exciting. This past summer I found myself in a rut. Then, in September, a workshop was offered in Alaska. I was re-energized when I returned from my trip. Who knew glaciers were so fascinating?
I’ve found that introducing new materials and tools helps me let go of the notion that every time I touch brush to paper, the result must be a finished painting. Recent experiments with a Kakimori-style dip pen, permanent and water-soluble inks, and a watercolor have been a fun way to play and let go.
Blank, white paper can seem intimidating. To overcome this fear, I grab a sheet watercolor paper and color it with the first colour that comes to my mind. The act of coloring the paper transforms an empty void into something that can be imagined. It creates a whirlwind, both conscious and unconscious. Ideas and visions manifest, dispelling fears of being stuck.
Of the various ways I’ve tried to pull myself out of a rut, it’s the ideas that offer challenges that seem to work best and fastest. I recently experienced a period of burnout—several days when I just wasn’t feeling as motivated as I should in my studio. To counteract the feeling, I decided to experiment with materials I rarely use: gouache on a black sheet of watercolor paper (instead my usual watercolors). It took me out of my comfort zones, and I enjoyed the experience.
If you are unsure, please ask. “creative rut”I wish that I had the same problem. I find that my biggest challenge is to keep a broad focus. I’m interested in everything: people, landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, sci-fi, fantasy and florals. I’m always trying new brushes and paints. My brain spins like an radio dial when I begin a motif. I haven’t solved this problem; I’m just an eager puppy.
The majority of my work is still life. I’ve found that when I complete a painting that I feel is successful, my initial reaction is to paint something similar. This can lead to a creative rut because there’s not the same pleasure in the process. I stop and think abstractly when I feel myself going in that direction. I don’t think about a still life with pears, berries and a bowl of glass. Instead, I think in terms of colors and shapes. I might choose objects that create complementary color schemes. Or, I could choose to arrange objects in a way that contrasts their shapes and sizes. This allows me to create new challenges, and encourages different viewpoints.
We hope that these ideas will help you get out of a creative rut. Do you want to share a solution? Leave it in the comment section!
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