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Tuesday 26th November 2013Don't Fall Prey to These Old Refrains

Every artist, without exception, has chosen to go into art because it's what they love to do. Nobody wakes up one day and says to themselves, 'Well, time to quit my job and become an artist to make some real cash!' We've all arrived where we are because its what we really want to be doing. That being said, we all have times when we find ourselves in the creative doldrums, not producing anything and not quite sure how we got so stuck. If that's where you find yourself, take a good honest look at what's holding you back, and see if you're unconsciously using any of these common artist's excuses for not doing what you love.

"I'm just not inspired!" is probably the most common one, and we've definitely all felt this way at one time or another. We recently posted an article about some ideas on how to deal with creative burnout, so be sure to check that out. Beyond that, though, there are some decent structures you can use to start generating ideas. Immerse yourself in the art world, find something you're passionate about, and try your hand at it. Use random input from the world. Most importantly, stop telling yourself you have no inspiration and just start doing SOMETHING. Anything. Once you unblock the logjam, your natural creativity will reassert itself.

"I can't find enough time to work on my projects!" is another equally common excuse for not creating, and it has an extremely simple answer: make time. Work, family, and life in general get in the way, but in the end we always make time for the things that we really want to do. Prioritise your artistic time more highly, whether it's on solid afternoon in the studio every week or even only half an hour every day. If it's truly important to you, you'll make it happen.

"Nobody likes my work!' is an excuse that can often lead to others. As artists, most of us are naturally sensitive, and even those of us who aren't easily offended can still be cast down by negative feedback (or even a lack of constant positive feedback). There are a couple of ways to handle this: change your work (not recommended), use it as motivation to excel (better), or join a group dedicated towards constructive critiques (best). A critique group will help you deal with almost all of these excuses, and keep you on track and producing the work you love.

Posted on November 26th 2013 on 05:37pm
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