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collage journeys by Jane Davies: Inventive Blocks


The March survey requested you about artistic blocks: how usually you get them and whether or not you might have rituals or practices that get you out of them. Nearly all of respondents (over 53%) reported experiencing artistic blocks greater than as soon as per 12 months. I’m undoubtedly in that group. Many reported having them about annually, and fewer, and a few (round 10%) reported by no means.

It was fascinating to see the solutions to the following query, through which respondents share their rituals or practices (if any) for getting out of a artistic droop.

Listed here are the outcomes of the survey.  See if you could find any correlation between the primary query (how usually you might have artistic blocks) and the second (what you do about them). 

Listed here are a number of of the solutions to the second query, although you possibly can see all of them right here

  • Schedule time that I MUST present up in my artwork studio, placed on my apron. then set a timer. 
  • Like training piano scales, I work on colour mixing… attempt to match paint chips from the shop quick.  
  • I work in one other self-discipline. I transfer forwards and backwards between wring poetry
    and flash fiction to working in combined media..generally textile figures.
    I open up my area to others and watch their pleasure creating. 
  • Take a break, take a stroll
  • Clear up and set up the studio
  • A variety of you recommend doing SOMETHING, every single day, or often, with no expectations.
  • Drawing with my non-dominant hand
    Studying books about my favourite artist’s course of
    Portray over outdated canvases so there’s much less danger

Here’s a quote that a few of you may relate to (I do): “I make work that I feel are worthy of displaying however they do not promote
fairly often. That is when the meltdowns occur — once I assume why am I
spending my treasured time on one thing that is not making any cash?” This speaks to what can set off a meltdown, and I completely get it. 

Lots of you report that taking a workshop or exploring a brand new method or new materials, which entails placing your self within the newbie’s seat.

Looks like the important thing for a lot of is to do one thing artistic with low stakes. Doodle, make marks in a journal, strive one thing new (the place you possibly can really feel like a authentic newbie), paint or print collage papers. Even cleansing the studio is a artistic act. For others the bottom line is taking a break, whether or not it is a stroll in nature to get impressed, or a break from even enthusiastic about artwork. 

I hope you discover this beneficial to both your artwork observe or your feeling of connection. Most of us have artistic blocks and meltdowns sooner or later, and I discover it comforting to know I’m not alone in that. For me it’s a part of the method, albeit and unsightly half. I am amongst those that push by means of it by partaking in some type of low-stakes artistic exercise – I present up within the studio and do one thing. Under I’ve embedded a Fb submit about my response to a latest meltdown, if you have not seen it already.


THANKS for displaying as much as my weblog. 

Yow will discover April Survey Questions right here, through which I ask you about workshop subjects. Would love to listen to what you need to be taught.


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