So yes, how can I be kind to myself? Here are some thoughts to help you become unstuck
- For the immediate present – forget about your own creative journey and go out and look at what others are doing
- Visit galleries, museums, art shows
- Go to the theatre or take in a movie – an art house movie can often times be really inspiring – here is an excerpt one of my favourites from the movie Veronique.
The marionette is exquisite – when seen on the big screen this scene is absolutely arresting.
You will be amazed at what a fresh point of view can do for a stuck creative. I speak from a recent experience of wading through the Sarah of creative deficiency. In my case this lasted for a considerable period of time – to the point where I became convinced that I wasn’t really creative at all and that to consider myself an artist was pretty much BS. I went into a complete denial of my own creativity.
This was ultimately a painful experience because in denying my creativity I was so far out of sync with who I really am that everything else started falling apart as well. Take it from me – DON’T GO THERE!!!
So what really helped me through this was going to see other artists work. This gave me new ideas and it only took a couple of ideas to get me thinking along a new direction I might take my own work
My BIGGEST MISTAKE was waiting way too long to go and do this.
So be encouraged. We never actually loose our creativity – we simply bury it or let it wither by default.