Saturday, April 10, 2010
Artistic Potholes - Creatve Block
The day I left the temperature plummeted from 26 degrees to 6 degrees.....lovely and cool and rainy. Just the weather I love.
The north was still there in all its spring glory. The forest was absolutely enchanting....the evergreens bright and green after their winter dowd, the cedars looking bright and sparkling, moss so green I challenge any artist to capture exactly the green. Raindrops dripping off branches in waterfall spray.
And then a monstrous black cloud wind whipped across the lake and on its edge a swathing all encompassing fog! Melancholy and blue wrapping lake, sand, trees and cottages in an all encompassing blanket.
Now surely with all this inspiration I can paint again!? Not so! Surrounded by atmosphere and nature's beauty surely I can paint again!? And here I sit, not painting. The visions are there, the paints lie waiting, the canvas is on my easel.....what to do? Over a month since I have painted.
'Force yourself to set a goal of 'x' number of paintings in a period of time', ' change medium', 'play the 'what if' game and paint an old subject using different medium, a different style....etc'.
Need to digest these and other tips and see if I can't climb out of this creative fallow pothole!