Creative Blocks: What does that Nagging Voice Want?

w16 mixing paintsWhen I am stuck, I play in color and texture.
I see where materials take me without expectation.

To have the feeling of blah, no vision, heavy, stupid, dim, is hard on any creative.
Especially as being creative — at least for me —
creates a feeling of well-being or even ebullience.
When the critical voices tell me I haven’t got any creative juice AT ALL,
I push through them, write anyway, draw anyway, paint anyway.
I say, “Thank you for sharing Critical Editor (or Arse, if I am in that mood)
but now is no YOUR time…
later when I have to sort through masterpieces for my one-woman show
you will be in charge.  First though, to paint!”

I put on great music or an audible mystery and keep moving the materials!
I PLAY! Remember when you were a kid and
you laid down every new crayon color in the box?
I made “grids” and colored the squares,
sorting and smelling the waxy crayons and loving the color.
I was asked by [silly] adults, “Why?”  Then I questioned why —
but my CREATIVE KID knew why — it’s all part of the process!
Today I’d call it getting-to-know-your-materials, but then it was just part of the play.
Now, knowing stuck-ness and whatever I am doing is likely to be crapity-crap-crap
gives me a certain freedom and the effort pays off:
a feeling of interest brewing, at least, or an A-HAH! of a new direction, at best!

What do you do when you’re stuck?

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20 Responses to Creative Blocks: What does that Nagging Voice Want?

  1. Great way to get unstuck! Thanks for sharing. hugs, Donna

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  2. Faye says:

    Fascinating way to get the creative juices moving again!

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  3. Youanna N. says:

    Beautiful! great awesome message! just what I needed…Hugs for sharing this! 🙂

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  4. Nice way to relax your mind. When I am stuck I usually prefer a walk in the nature. The cool breeze, tall green mountains, birds chirping, cattle grazing gives me peace.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a good approach. I try to do something and see where it goes. Sometimes you’re stuck up against a little speed bump.

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  6. hmunro says:

    How marvelous that you “play” with colors and materials to get your creativity flowing — and obviously it works. It works so well, in fact, that you’ve inspired me to follow your example.

    PS: I adore your work!

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  7. Linda K says:

    super way to get past a block! When I’m stuck i just paint and stencil backgrounds in my journal, or play with my gelli plate:)

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  8. I scribble around with bubble brainstorming. Can’t think of what it’s really called right now. Bad brain day.

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