What is the opposite of feeling stuck because of having a lack of ideas and direction? For me, it's having TOO MANY ideas. This is how I was feeling this morning.
I probably spend about half an hour a day, maybe a little more, perusing social media. I LOVE looking at other artist's artwork. Most times it inspires, but sometimes, I get way overwhelmed.
From years of being a creative person, I know when I am feeling inspired. It's like this bright spark or sense of glee that I feel inside, and it let's me know, I want to go play. But sometimes too many creative practices inspire me and I get overwhelmed. I want to try them all! And then I just feel stuck, not sure what direction to move forward towards. Have you ever felt this way?
Currently, I am making linocut prints and mono prints of foilage with a gelli press, and collaging artwork incorporating both of these printing methods, as well as creating collage fodder with different methods of using acrylic paint. I love all of these creative mediums, but I am also attracted to painting, mainly loose, flowing, colorful, abstract painting, AND other types of printing such as silk screening and cyanotype. I also like beaded jewelry and macrame, and... the list goes on and on.
For me the answer to dealing with this stuck feeling, first off, is to get off social media. It is a great tool in many ways. It helps me stay in touch with people like you, my followers and fans, and I love that. I have met so many wonderful people from across the globe that I couldn't have otherwise. But when I start feeling that uncomfortable feeling of overwhelm, it is time to put the ipad down, and do something else.
Getting outside is quite often the remedy for me, being in nature, taking a walk. Even better is taking a walk with a friend. And if your friend is also an artist, talking about the overwhelm and getting another perspective is always helpful. Or write about how you are feeling. Writing is a good way to move stuck, blocked energy. Why, that is what I am doing right now. I love to write and share ideas. One last idea is to just start creating something. It doesn't have to be perfect. Make it something small. Make something loose and free. Just start something. Play with a new medium. Draw, sculpt, play music. Just get the energy moving.
So that's what I am off to do right now. I'm going to take my own advice and take some time to play.
See you on the other side :)