Category: inspiration

so i’m gonna do it. a piece of art a day for 365 days. thank you noah scalin for the great book – 365 a daily creativity journal. you are my muse.

i started yesterday with a silly collage on a coca cola cap. the assignment was start small, something that could fit in the palm of your hand. more about it later.

today was create something involving your favorite animal. my favorite animal is a dog. but i have always wanted to draw cheetah faces. with those great tears. but i felt it was too trite.

so the hell with trite. or fears or obstacles. i’m drawing the cheetah, in pencil, just for fun like i used to do before i had the burden and obligation to do everything perfectly. or with materials more serious than a pencil.

this will take a long time because i want it to be detailed. so i’m having a peaceful drawing day and flashing back to the time when my art was for pure pleasure.

i will post images as the cheetah progresses

so! you got the blues. you can’t work. you lost the enthusiasm. you wonder what ever made you think you are an artist. the nightmare of every creative individual!

how do you get over, around, past or through that horrible slump?
here are a few things that i do. and i look forward to any ideas y’all have and want to share.

1 – sometimes i just let it slump. wallow in it. forgive it and do something else. my creative mind needs a vacation, too
2 – work in another medium. one i don’t know much about, so i don’t have to be perfect. the photo above is papier mache. the materials are cheap so i didn’t have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff.
3 – do kid’s crafts – little kits that i buy at the dollar store and just play around.
4 – have a fellow art friend come over and create together.
5 – go on a photography field trip. even just using my iphone. no hassle, no complicated equipment. i stimulate my vision and remind my muse why it is we do this thing called art.

i would love it if any of you are willing to reach out to us other artists and share your thoughts about this. i wish you many creative days and nights and an endless flow of new ideas and inspirations.