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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)


David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way - things I had no words for.”
Georgia O’Keefe

You are not feeling particularly creative today. You don’t feel like painting. You are unable to get yourself out into the studio. Try these suggestions to help re-energize your creativity:

1. Look at your favorite art book (about your favorite artist) upside down. Focus on color, value, shape, and composition, as opposed to things. There is much to be learned about the structure of a painting by studying these formal aspects. And recognizable objects can get in the way.

2. Listen to music by your favorite singer/songwriter and focus on the lyrics. Write down phrases that inspire you. They could possible form the basis for your next painting or an entire series.

3. Set out your most recent work, sit in front of it, and write down words that come to mind. These could be words that describe your paintings or words that your paintings suggest. Use this list for inspiration later. When you are feeling more creative.

4. Go buy a couple of non-art related magazines. Magazines that you would normally never look at. Peruse them for inspiration. You never know where your next idea will come from.

5. Take a walk with your camera and photograph anything that looks interesting to you. This will tap you into really seeing and not just merely looking.

6. Take a day off from the studio and do not beat yourself up for doing so. Go do whatever you want.

7. Take a day trip. Visit a nearby town that you have never been to or one you have not visited in awhile. Walk the main street and any side streets that look interesting. Again, take your camera if you like. Take the time to visit local shops, galleries, restaurants, etc. Inspiration can be found anywhere.

What do you do when you are feeling less than creative? I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions.







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