Methods for removing Art Block

Camille Denmark, Reporter

  Every artist, whether it’s visual mediums such as painting and sculpting, dance, even poets and authors has experienced or will at some point in their lives experience a creative block. I could just be a small blunder where you can’t think of something to create at the moment or asphyxiating un-inspiration and inability to produce works of any kind for weeks -even months on end.

  Many events outside of one’s art sphere can lead to a creative block, such as emotions and experiences influences one’s work, outside influences and determine whether the artist is even able to output works.
After the death of his wife in 1911, Famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet destroys some of his works out of pure frustration and went into a hiatus for two years. Similarly, after getting divorced by his first wife and his wife also taking custody of his son, Pablo Picasso no longer went up to his studio and the “Mere sight of his pictures and drawing infuriated him.”

  If you are in the aftermath of an event such as a death, divorce or an above-average drawback. I recommend talking to a therapist for Greif Councilor. A lot of people have the notion that being depressed or suffering from some mental illness will make you a better artist, while it does allow you to draw from different experiences in your works and connect with people on a different level. No one can work while depressed, skipping meals, losing sleep and not taking care of themselves.

  Other than those special circumstances art blocks can be caused by having an abundance of ideas leaving it hard to select just one to go through with. The more ideas one has the harder it is to make a decision, and having half-baked art pieces and an unfinished poem is a lot more stressful, we are limited by our human for and can only complete one task efficiently at a time. The best thing you can do is choose the one that is the first to come to mind, or the one that seems the furthers away from what you have completed before. (personally, I’d choose the challenge)

On the other side of the spectrum, there are people suffering from a lack of ideas or ideas that are still incubating. To which I offer my own personal method I picked up from an older teacher know as the: Dot Method.  To put it rather bluntly, you’ll stare at this dot until you get an idea.  It sounds boring -but that’s legitimately the point. The brain is very powerful but also curious and
needs constant stimuli, removing other distractions such as music, sitting in a corner and staring at this dot will make you so bored that your mind will be forced to wander and create ideas to make up for a lack of stimuli.