Do you ever have days when you don’t know where to start creating? I certainly do! There are so many ways to combat this- these are just a few of the tools I have in my arsenal. I’m not saying they always work. There are days when I am so drained and I really just can’t do anything. That’s ok too. We all need to give ourselves permission to only do what we can do. Resting our minds and bodies can help us come back recharged and ready to go, more inspired than ever. Here are a few ways besides resting that I fill my creative cup:
- Talk to a creative friend, especially one that works in a different medium or field than you. People tend to talk about what they love and that can stimulate your brain to think in a different way than you normally do.
- Go for a walk. Notice everything around you. Zoom out to the big picture-the horizon, clouds, landscape/cityscape. Zoom in on the little things- leaves, twigs, bugs, rocks.
- Keep an inspiration journal. Take it with you wherever you go and write/draw even the smallest idea. Later, when you can’t think of anything, you can pull it out and see what inspires you.
- Research. Think of something that fascinates you (look in your inspiration journal) and read all that you can about it. You could take your family heritage, for example. I’m Norwegian, Irish, and English. Combining what I learn about all three cultures could create a whole new series of imagery for me to incorporate into my artwork!
- Push paint around. Pull out some different papers & embellishments and start arranging them. Just sit down at your workstation and start organizing/cleaning up. A clean workspace is inviting and even the act of touching your creative medium can spark an idea.
I hope these ideas can help you the way that they have helped me and encourage you to create. Besides what I have shared here, do you have any ways that you overcome creative fatigue? I’d love to know! Please share in the comments below.