8 strategies to try when inspiration fails.
Updated: Jan 8
Here are eight strategies to try in case inspiration just doesn’t want to strike.
Go to your studio or work space anyway. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Show up, and see what happens.
Do busy work: Wash brushes, gesso canvases, organize collage paper or simply clean up your studio space.
Grab an old painting and paint over it. Slap paint around in ways you’ve never done before. After all, you've nothing to lose.
Sit in your work space and look through inspirational art books or magazines. Put tags on anything that intrigues you.
Take your sketchbook and doodle: shapes, lines, colours, whatever takes your fancy (see the sort of thing I do above).
Turn on your favourite music. Put a blank canvas on the easel then dance around and throw paint on it.
Pick one of your favourite Artist Heroes’ paintings and copy it. It’s good practice and quite an acceptable way to learn. Just don’t sign it and show it as your own!
Try a technique you’ve never done before, like collage with junk mail, cutting up old drawings or paintings, origami from art magazines, etc. Just try anything!