Creative blahs? Go back to the basics.

Go back to your core as a creative person. Back to what drives you to do art in the first place. Make marks and shapes with the pen, the pencil, the brush. Go back to that beginner’s mind, to where you have this authentic curiosity about what is happening.

My antidote for the creative blahs is to go back to the basics.

The physical movements of drawing and painting are soothing + restorative. Dare I say meditative? It feels like that for me. Put on some big band jazz or Hall & Oates. Make snacks! The page doesn't have to "GO" anywhere or toward a particular end result or BE anything. We do art because we love doing art. But gradually it gets wrapped up in so many other things, doesn’t it?

Gouache paint play

Last winter, my younger daughter and I sat at the dining room table and we chatted and painted {in gouache} on a gigantic piece of watercolor paper.

More posts that might help?

A list of things that I do to cheer myself up in a prompt called Darkness
Getting unstuck and figuring out what to do
Between a mark and a mural, what is enough?

What could you discover in these moments?

Getting back to the heart of what we love to do help us feel hopeful. Playing with art materials, colors, marks, patterns, and yes, rainbows. In my workshops, we break down the process to the basics and then build back up to make happy, colorful art! We explore open-ended, loose, playful, colorful painting in my {NEW OFFERING} Tiny Adventure. Please join me - it will feel rejuvenating. It will help you get back to just playing, just seeing what happens, to curiosity.

“I often don’t have a clear idea of what I am going to be drawing when I start, unless it is for a very specific purpose. Most of the time, I just sit down and draw a line, and it isn’t really related to anything other than this vague feeling of movement or atmosphere. That line will lead to another, and then forms will start to appear, and figures will start to appear. I usually start things very intuitively, and sort of watch the process, almost as a spectator . . . and then at some point I have to think about what I'm creating, and consciously shape it. If I am doing something for a film or book illustration, then I'm also thinking about a lot of other factors, such as composition and story-telling.”
Alan Lee