There are times when picking up a pen, a needle or craft is so unappealing to me that I wonder how and why I got into the arts and crafts in the first place! Am I losing my mojo? Am I a fraud? Can I inspire and teach but not do? Are the millions of dollars of crap I’ve collected and stashed over the years now worthless?
Whatever will become of me?
On those days when I’d rather host a Tea Party fundraiser than create something for me or the world, I know it may be time for an inspired break (or a Valium chugged down with a gin and tonic). Just know that there are easier ways – and you won’t end up in a Karen Ann Quinlan lookalike contest.
The trick is to not concentrate on your own art or process for a while. Instead, take a break and explore the talent and inspiration of others. Get out and visit an art gallery during a lunch hour. Hit a local museum on the weekend. Make it even easier and don’t leave your chair to spend a half-hour or so searching and combing through the vast amount of art and crafts online (the amount that today’s artists share online in every particular medium is astounding and practically limitless).
Sometimes just a glance at somebody else’s work will inspire your next project. Often times, seeing a new technique used in a piece will nudge you toward trying your own interpretation of that particular method. What you may find is not what to do, but will help you get more in touch with color palettes you haven’t played with before or are now finding yourself drawn to. The opportunities for creative self-expression are without end when you open yourself up to the inspiration of others!
Seeing the work of other artists, up close and personal, is one of the surest ways of getting the urge to merge with your own inspired muse. Get up. Get out. Get going. Allow the inspiration of other artists to infect you. Create!
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