We all know the feeling when one day you wake up - look at the brush, paints and paper but inside your head is blank don’t know what to do. You stare at the painting tools and you start thinking,
“what should I paint today?”
“should I continue painting the yellow flowers today?”
“may be I will mix some colors today.”
“hmmm……not sure about this!”
“why I can’t focus and can’t decide what to do with my art today?”
Yes, we know exactly how you feel. Those questions played in your head, had no answer. I had that feeling many times and over and over again. Let me tell you it is normal to feel this way. We are not a machine or a robot. We are human. We have moments and up and down emotion. It is okay to listen to your body and feel deep inside what it is that your body wants. When I feel this way and (yes! I often feel this way); I immediately stop and don’t force myself to paint. Because if I did, I will fall into a deep frustration further and further.
So since this had happened to me many times, I noticed and over time I had created an escape routes from this chaotic.
So here are the “6 actions you can do when you running out of steam when painting art.
1.Don’t panic. Just stop. Your body need you to get a way from painting for a litte while.
2. Take a walk in the park or a garden.
Take a pencil and a drawing pad. Draw a quick sketch of anything you see in the garden. It could be a leaf, a twig, or anything.
You can take your friend a long. And have a nice lunch or just have a talk, laugh with her.
You can observe botanical plants closely. You can draw them too. Your activity in the garden suppose to be a source of an inspiration so you can immediately paint again.
3. Learn something new.
Ideally a skill that support your social media activity like photography. Good image is very important in posting your instagram post. This is the time for you to do it because you won’t have the time when your mood is back in painting again. Or you can learn how to cook. Just pick up a new recipe and cook. These days you can learning anything fast through google or youtube.
4. Look and observe at your favorite instagram feed of people you follow to get inspiration.
This is the time you can look at your instagram and look at your favorite person’s instagram feed that you follow and see her images closely. Take notice how she posts and how she style her art images on her feed. Don’t forget to take notes while observing this. This will come handy oneday when you start to want to take picture of your own.
5. Go to Barnes and Noble for a couple of hours.
Barnes and Noble is a good place to get out and spend a couple of hours while flipping out pretty magazines and having a cup of coffeee at the same time. There are a lot of beautiful magazines and tons of inspirations inside for you to steal an idea out of. You don’t have to buy the books/magazines, just take pictures of the images. I did take pictures of an instruction of a recipe there. May be you will get an inspiration from the magazine and eager to go home to sit and to paint again.
6. Last, you can just absolutely do nothing. Just sit down in your favorite spot in your home and just take it all in. Just empty your mind and just breathe in and out. You need the stillness even just for a minute or two. Practice stillness and meditaion is very good for you mind and body. We all need to cool down our head before we start to use it again. I usually put on music and lid a secented candle. I will be sure to have a cup of tea next to me so I can enjoy it after I did the exercise.
So these are the 6 actions you can do when you do not feel like painting. For me these activites are just another way to get inspirations so I can get back to paint again. We need to have a break and see something different and fresh occasionally. So when you feel this way, don’t be frustrated just stop and do what your body is telling you to do.