How To Rekindle Your Artistic Inspiration

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The energy to create something can be overwhelming when you are a beginner. However, over time many artists experience burnout or art fatigue. They no longer find ideas coming to them like before.

Nonetheless, remember, you can’t wait forever for that art inspiration. You need to take action to overcome this stage. Here we have discussed in detail just on that subject.

Set a Schedule

Instead of waiting for inspiration to show up, chase it.  Treat your paint sessions like a job by sticking to a healthy schedule. Keep a stockpile of images that can help you as ready-made materials for drawing. You can also sort the images according to subject, styles, and designs.

Keep Your Art Supplies and Tools Easily Accessible

Having your art supplies nearby is a great trick to keep yourself painting. When you are not into it, organizing your art supplies will feel like a chore, and you will need a strong determination to get started. Arrange your supplies and set up your art studio to help get started.

Just Show Up at Your Studio

Even if you don’t feel inspired, go to your studio or art corner in your house and simply scroll through your sketchbook, organize tools and look at art books or magazines. This will help you to get creative.

Revisit your old art and think about the subject that inspired you to create them. Study the work of your favorite artists and ask yourself what elements of their work you are fascinated that you can incorporate into your work.

artist painting in his studio

Challenge yourself to a quick drawing session of any idea that comes to mind. You may end up liking it so much that you will be working on it for hours.

Have Lots of Pictures and Reference Material

Make use of every opportunity that inspires you. Take photos, save articles, make notes and then organize them in a folder. It is better to use your photos instead of others. Images from magazines should also be avoided because of copyright issues, the same applies to Google image search results.

Free online photo databases are a great resource for images. Bookmark the images (make sure they are licensed!) or create a references board on Pinterest. If this doesn’t help, think about why you have saved the reference material in the first place.  This may help spark your artistic flame and refuel your productivity.

Start Doodling

Let your pencil and sketchbook become your tools for your creations. Make sketches of your surroundings, your reference photos, and take visual notes.

artist drawing a cartoon

If you have a hard time coming up with ideas, then a list of pre-made drawings or painting prompts can be used so you don’t end up procrastinating every time you sit down to create.

Network Within the Art Community

Most artists work alone and are prone to art fatigue and loss of interest to create new pieces.

Only artists understand the lack of inspiration and phases of the art block. Therefore, networking and meeting with other artists who understand your struggles and give you valuable advice is a welcome step. They can help you view things from a different angle and can get you out of the art block.

artists painting together

Meet other artists, attend gallery openings, join local art leagues to stimulate your creativity. Take part in the online art communities and share your concerns. You can also join classes and learn new techniques through craft-art.com. This also creates opportunities to meet new people who can be the source of new ideas. The support you get can greatly boost you both artistically and personally.

Read Books That Inspire Your Creative Genius

“When in doubt, go to the library!” and that is true for your art block as well. There must be at least one book that will spark your interest. Find books to learn new techniques, art history, art cultures, or even inspiring quotes that can help you find new ideas.

Participate in Art Challenges

Inktober, DTIYS, or any monthly or weekly art challenges are great ways to practice your drawing. After posting online, you will also get the opportunity to receive constructive criticism, helpful advice, and compliments that will boost your confidence and inspire you to create more.

artist working on a sculpture

You can also experiment with a new form of art like sculpting or woodworking as a hobby for fresh ideas.

Create for the Sake of Creating

Creating art without any restrictions or the need to fulfill any expectations is a liberating experience. Just draw or paint because you enjoy the activity without fear of conforming to any rules. 

Create Art Every Day

Sure, it is easier said than done. However, setting aside scheduled time every day for art will slowly help you develop a habit. Motivation and dedication are tools that help an artist commit to their art, over-relying on inspiration.  Those drawings are not for an exhibition. Therefore, you don’t need to give it your best shot.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Don’t let fear of failure stop you from creating art. A major concern harbored by most artists is their creation isn’t perfect or is unworthy of attention. This thought keeps them from experimenting or trying out new techniques which in turn stunts their growth as an artist. You need to let go of this fear and embrace your mistakes. Remember, there is always room for improvement and crafting better work.

painting on a canvas

Spend Time in Nature

A fresh mind and a healthy body are essential to creating good art. The fresh air and sunlight are not only beneficial to your mental health but also a great source of inspiration for your future work. Capture scenes with your camera or just walk around to clear your head. So, explore the outdoors be it your nearby park or your neighborhood when the weather is nice.  

Draw Inspiration from Media

Movies, books, games, and music can help you stimulate your artistic side as well as entertain you. Think about what makes you enjoy each medium and the emotions evoked by them. The visual elements of these media can be incorporated into your artwork.

Additionally, put up inspirational wall décor to help you stay motivated!

Share Your Creative Process

A new trend among artists these days is to share their experiences and drawing process online. This is a great way to connect to people, have your work appreciated, and comfort other artists struggling through similar situations. This process will help you exchange ideas, share your experiences, and find your community.

sharing art online

Make Money With Your Art

Art takes time and experience to develop which many of us don’t have as a working population. If you want to devote more time to your passion, then people willing to pay for your talents are uplifting.

Build a website with an online store, build your portfolio and sell your work. It is best to work with a specific demographic or niche in mind, like nature photography.

Conclusion

Last but not least, be proud of how far you have come. Look at your previous works and successes, and you will notice a great improvement in your work. Don’t be discouraged by the execution of your artwork. Be patient and keep practicing to reach your goal. Art is about the journey, not the destination. No matter what, don’t put your paintbrush down!

Robert Johnson is a woodworker who takes joy in sharing his passion for creating to the rest of the world. His brainchild, Sawinery, allowed him to do so as well as connect with other craftsmen and women. He has since built an enviable workshop for himself and an equally impressive online accomplishment: an extensive resource site serving old timers and novices alike.
Robert Johnson