The Coronavirus has been causing all kinds of changes in our lives, including shifts to our creative inspiration. You might be feeling inspired by the unknown of life right now, or you might find yourself in the middle of a creative block. Creativity is so important in both art and business, so you might need to take some time reignite your creative light. If you’re finding yourself in a creative funk, you should consider finding inspiration in a new art form, with no expectations.
For example: If you’re a writer, try sculpting, or drawing, or making music. If you’re a video creator, try writing a poem every day, or learning how to do graphic design. When you’re practicing this new art form, remember that you’re new to it, you’re still learning. Play around with the medium, search YouTube for advice on how to improve, try creating without any expectation about how it might turn out.
It’s very important for artrepreneurs to find a learning mindset. When we’re learning, we’re encouraged to be curious, to ask questions, to push boundaries. Working with a new medium allows us to take on the role of a beginner again, freeing ourselves from the pressure of trying to be experts in our medium of choice.
So try spending time each day dabbling in an art form that’s unfamiliar to you. Here are some activities that might help inspire you during your creative funk:
- Creative writing
- Learning/Playing an instrument
- Making music
Need some more inspiration to get started? Read what other artists have to say about breaking artist’s block:
“When I am stuck … I just search for excitement, but not too hard. It is when I find myself playing more than trying that I find my way out of a block.” — Aris Moore
“Choose one thing you love to draw or paint (and feel comfortable drawing or painting) already: an animal, object, a person, whatever. For thirty days, draw or paint that thing thirty different ways, a different way every day. You can use different mediums, expressions, positions, colors, whatever. Each day, push yourself to do something much different than the day before, but keep the subject the same. See how keeping one element constant (in this case, the “thing” you love to draw or paint) can allow you to break out creatively in other ways.” — Lisa Congdon
“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.” — Julio Cortázar
“I give myself permission to just make for the sake of making without any thought to the outcome, which can be surprisingly hard. … What I would tell my younger self is this: There is no “right” way to make art. The only wrong is in not trying, not doing. Don’t put barriers up that aren’t there — just get to work and make something.” — Lisa Golightly
“Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” — Andy Warhol
Challenge: Spend 30 minutes today learning something new or playing around with a new art form. Good luck, and stay healthy!
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