My Strategies to beat a Creative Block

Creative blocks are a common obstacle faced by artists in all fields. Whether you’re a painter, writer, musician, or any other type of creative, there will inevitably be moments when inspiration seems to be in short supply. While creative blocks can be frustrating, there are steps you can take to overcome them and get back to producing your best work. Here are some tips to help you break through your creative blocks. 


1 Take a break: Sometimes the best thing you can do when you’re feeling stuck is to step away from your work for a little while. Go for a walk, read a book, or do something else that you enjoy. Taking a break can help clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective

Sunset at Wedge Island on a family weekend away - a nice break from the studio.


2 Change your routine: If you’ve been stuck in a creative rut for a while, it might be time to mix things up. Try working in a different environment, or at a different time of day. Experiment with new materials or techniques. The goal is to shake things up and get your creative juices flowing again.

Artist in Residence at Joondalup Resort experimental paintings

3 Practice your craft: Even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired, it’s important to keep practicing your craft. Set aside time each day to work on your art, even if you’re not producing anything you’re particularly happy with. Over time, this daily practice will help you improve your skills and build momentum.

4 Collaborate with others: Working with other creatives can be a great way to get inspired and break out of a creative rut. Whether it’s collaborating on a project or simply bouncing ideas off each other, working with others can help you see your work from new perspectives and generate fresh ideas.

5 Embrace imperfection: Sometimes the fear of not producing something perfect can be a major barrier to creativity. Remember that imperfection is a natural part of the creative process, and allow yourself to make mistakes and experiment with new ideas without worrying about the outcome.

6 Seek out inspiration: Finally, make sure to seek out inspiration wherever you can find it. Visit museums and galleries, read books and blogs, and surround yourself with other creatives who inspire you. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so stay open to new ideas and experiences.

At the Van Gogh exhibition which projected his art onto the floor, ceiling and walls of the gallery

In conclusion, creative blocks are a normal part of the creative process, but they don't have to be a permanent obstacle. By taking a break, changing your routine, practicing your craft, collaborating with others, embracing imperfection, and seeking out inspiration, you can overcome your creative blocks and get back to creating your best work.

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