You’ve reached a stalemate in your artistic life.Your art isn’t bringing the joy it used to, the spark has gone out ofthe relationship you have with your art. You’ve been doing this artthing for a while, and you really aren’t feeling it anymore. Maybeyou feel slightly depressed. Maybe you doubt your calling to bean artist. Maybe you’re thinking that it would be easier to take upa more common hobby and give up art altogether.Maybe you make art for a living, and you know that youlove what you do, but your heart hasn’t been in it lately. Maybeyou’re just a little bit bored with what you do.Maybe you feel that don’t have the time to make art...but if you’re really honest with yourself, maybe you just lackmotivation to make art when you
have the time.What follows is a bunch of practical tips to increase yourlevels of motivation and creativity, most of which you canimplement
. You don’t have to be in the perfectmindset, or have a couple days off. In fact, these tips are aimedat you where you are, right now. They’re going to help youincrease your artistic output and make you feel better aboutyour art, so you can be the artist you always wanted to be, andmake more art that is a joy to make, not a chore.
Try something new
This is powerful. Does it have to be an art form that you want toadopt for the rest of your life? Of course not. Trying a new formof expression will only expand your artistic talent. Try somethingthat you don’t think you have the talent to do. Pour yourself intothe art form for 30 days and see where it takes you! You mightfail, but you might learn something from the failure. You will geta breath of fresh artistic air through this, and return to your artrenewed. That is, if you even want to return: what if you like thenew art form better?
Clean your work area
I’m not addicted to a clean living environment. I had aroommate who couldn’t think until the dishes were done(best roommate ever!): I have never been this way. I’m veryaccustomed to clutter. However, cleaning up my work areais a tremendous boost to my creative ability. In my case, Iclean my desk of any unnecessary items, and arrange whatI need neatly. I can work just ne at a messy desk, but whenI feel stuck, a clean desk is often what I need to clear myhead. I also like to have a clean desktop while I work (I usecamouagehttp://briksoftware.com/products/camouage/ to accomplish this), which is also very freeing. Is clutter inyour artistic space lling your mind with mental clutter? Trycleaning.If you tend to feel guilt over a messy work area/house,this can have the added effect of stress relief. If that load
Quick, new things you can try:• Digital Painting. Learn how to here:
• Try some photomanipulation or crazy photo editing. How about making surreal photo montages, or a collage of a dragon? Get some awesome, free photos over here:
or just grab some magazines.• How about grabbing a coupleof free vector elements over here:
and combining them and coloringthem in photoshop? Or how about printing them out on cardstock and watercoloring them?• It’s a little more involved, but try screen printing:
It’s really fun to be able to print t-shirts, teacloths, etc. any way you want to.• How about cutting out some squares of paper and teaching yourself origami?