Creative cycles: Understanding artist block and how to overcome it

What is an artist block and how to overcome artists block

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King

In today’s episode, we’ll talk about creative cycles and how to deal with a lack of creative mojo. I share experiences from my most recent artist block, discuss some of the reasons why we get blocked, and give you some of my top tips and suggestions for how to break out of an artist’s block. You’ll also find the shownotes + highlights from the episode below.

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On my art table: The Mazaar

What influences your painting process?

For me, it’s often the music that I choose to listen to while I paint. Happy, upbeat music, for example, lends itself very well to fun mark making. Hand pans help me get into a more happy, floaty, flow-like painting state.

Needless to say, I’m always experimenting with the music that I listen to while I paint.

When I started this particular painting, I was listening to a Coke Studio playlist on Spotify. When Bismillah by Salim – Sulaiman, featuring Kailash Kher and Munawar Masoom came on, it captivated me and inspired the piece I was working on.

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The Art with Soul Podcast: Introduction

Art with Soul podcast introduction

Welcome to the Art with Soul podcast!

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In this episode, I introduce myself and the idea for this podcast series, and touch upon the many ideas I plan to explore in these podcasts.

For this first season, podcasts will release on the 1st and 15th of each month, with the first episode releasing on 1 August 2020.

Won’t you join me on this journey?

You can currently subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Radio Public.

On being compared to Frida Kahlo

On being compared to Frida Kahlo

I’ve just unwrapped one of the large canvasses I bought at the start of this year and put it up on the easel. A vast 28×28 inch sea of blank canvas faces me. And as always, staring that huge expanse down is a little bit scary.

Does that fear ever go away, I wonder?

I think not. Because painting is no longer just a hobby, something I do to fill the hours or just for fun. It’s much more than that. Much deeper.

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Art journaling techniques: Easily work on two art journal pages at once

Art journaling techniques how to work on two art journal pages at once

While going through my YouTube video library, I realized I have a few art journaling technique videos that I had uploaded some time back but forgot to share – silly me! One of them was this cool experiment I did sometime last year, I think. I created two art journal pages at the same time, using the same color palette, supplies, and techniques, and ended up with two very different finished art journal pages.

I broke the video down into two, so you aren’t sitting here for ages watching me paint in my art journal! Bookmark this page so you can watch a video, take a break, and come back and watch the next. Or binge watch them one after the other!

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100 day project 2020: 100 days of creative explorations

A variety of art supplies, brushes, and paint tubes on an art table

At the very last minute, I’ve decided to jump into the 100 day project again this year! {Wondering what that is? Check out this post on the 100 day project and how it can help you kick-start your creativity.}

I envision this as another working project, which means that I am not necessarily looking at 100 completed pieces of anything. But I am committing to 100 days of creative explorations – in whatever form it may show up.

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On becoming: musings on the intersection between chaos and liminal time

On my art table - intuitive art journal process - on becoming

Sometimes, things come together almost effortlessly – like this art journal spread. I started this spread in my art journal with swatches of paint, randomly painted on, to cover the entire page.

I then sketched in the figure, blocked it out with some dark blue paint, and softened the colors on the rest of the page with some white and titanium buff paint. I added in some paint to the figure’s hair, added a spiral symbol, a touch of shading, a little bit of etching, and before I knew it, the art journal spread just felt done!

I think this is one of the quickest art journal pages that I’ve ever created. And it all came from being in a state of complete openness and flow.

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