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Artists Block?!

March 29, 2016

Hey guys! Hope you had a really lovely weekend break! As much as I love holidays, I also can’t wait to get back to work and start ticking off my to-do list. Now I’m going to be straight with you guys – I’m stuck!! I’ve tried to paint so many times over the past week and I just sit in my art studio wondering what to do. The longer I sit there, the more those dreaded self-loathing feelings come to me. Now, I know the term for this is artists block…but it feels more like a mad panic!

I have had moments like these before, and yes…of course I always snap out of it. But I’ve still not worked out  the magic formula. I know that painting in the evening with music and a glass of wine has helped in the past, so I might just send Nathan to the shop for the needed tipple. Part of the problem is my desperation to want to paint everything! I scroll through the posts of my favourite artists on Instagram and I have so much admiration for their work. It makes me think…what can I do to make my work better…more absorbing…more desiring, yet still be satisfying to my creative soul. 

I worked so hard on my recent seascape collection and sometimes was creating up to three paintings a day. I’m wondering now whether it is possible to run your creative battery out, and whether mine needs re-charging again. So for now, I’m going to focus on creating YouTube videos for you all, finishing my current commission work and up-keeping my blog.

I’ve also had a surge of wanting to be healthy, and of course all this cooking from scratch is very tiring and a lot of hard work. Especially in addition to three-times a week gym workout classes. As I’m writing this, it’s becoming more and more clear that maybe I just need to slow down and stop expecting so much of myself. #mylifestory

For now, I will keep searching for inspiration among the old masters and the newbies of today. If you have any tips for ‘artists block’ it would be amazing if you could let us all know – just comment below 😀

Love Katie x


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  • Reply Naomi April 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Hi Katie,

    I have been going through the same thing, although Instagram is inspirational it can also cause you to doubt yourself and get in the way of creativity, because you can feel that other peoples work is better than your own.

    A couple of things that helped me recently:

    – I took a break from looking at Instagram for a few weeks and have now reduced the time I spend on there so I can focus on my own work and creativity. And I cleaned up my own feed and took down about 100 photos this was painful.

    – Cleaned and tidied my art room and reorganised everything, although yours looks organised enough.

    – I recently brought a book called ‘The artists way’ by Julia Cameron (Amazon) other artists recommended this book it is a course in Discovering and rediscovering your creative self.

    – I found Lenya Danya’s youtube channel inspiring

    – Fresh flowers always help to! because you can draw and paint them in your sketchbook.

    -Sitting out in the garden drawing or writing.

    I hope any of those things can help in some way, keep up the good work. I am from the UK to so feel free to connect you can find me @75artstreet on all social media and YouTube.

    Take care and enjoy your weekend.

    • Reply katiejobling April 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Naomi,
      Thank you so much for your amazing comment with all those fabulous tips! I totally understand about taking a break from Instagram – I too have to as I feel the same way as you. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others, it’s something that everybody does and it seems social media makes it worse. I am very intrigued about that book as I love reading. I think I might have to get myself a copy. Thank you so much again xx

  • Reply Sandra April 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Katie, think we all get the block at times, like you I look through artiustsnew and old for inspiration but sometimes I find taking your camera out and snapping photo’s gives you lots of ideas to, walk in the park or beach or even town people watching!!
    It will come back, you’ve just burnt yourself out with the ocean series so don’t be hard on yourself xx

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