Stuck.

Lately, I can't paint.  I pick up a brush and I freeze, hand suspended over canvas.  I know what I want to paint, I see it in my mind, but I can't paint. 

Any strokes I lay down are awkward and strange, and not at all like they should be. 

I am frustrated, and scared...maybe I forgot how to paint.

 

natlynn natlynn
26-30, F
10 Responses Jun 15, 2007

I find getting outta the house and painting with others does wonders.

We all get this way sometimes. It may sound mundane, but remember that simple things like humidity really affect the paint, the brush, and the paper or canvas in very significant ways, as does temperature.<br />
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If you really want to paint, try changing the temp a bit and see if the work goes better. All of our hands get difficult and rusty from time to time, I know I've experienced panic and fear, even depression, over situations like this, but it always works out.<br />
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Sometimes it is time to try something new, based on what your hand/subconscious/muse wants, rather than what your mind wants, know what I mean? Those murky and mysterious waters where skill, desire, materials all come together, and produce something beyond what we thought. Don't we all get depressed when we think the magic is gone forever?!<br />
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But as our fellows have said above, it will pass. I got a whole new series from painting when my hands were too shaky for technical perfection, but my soul needed to paint. I painted what I could, rather than anything I was thinking of, and what freedom came!<br />
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As I said, I got a whole new series of pictures I'd never have imagined on my own, and they are due to be shown next year. Seven have been completed since last year! People love them!<br />
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And it all happened because I was very upset about my marriage and couldn't find comfort in art because of my shaking hands! Who could believe it? <br />
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The pictures are great, very smooth, and don't show one hint of what produced that first one! <br />
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Art is beautiful, and it will never fail. Keep the faith, go outside your comfort zone. Get the heck out of your studio and hang out with some musicians. They will make you full of inspiration and running to get back to work. <br />
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Look and look and look some more, feed your eyes. You deserve it! :)

me too, I just can't paint right now, help!!!

Someone else recommended the "Van Gogh Blues" too, I'll have to check it out :)

Yup. You're in artist's block. Depressing, isn't it! But it's part of the artist's cycle. Try a different medium for awhile, or just go out and live life until a new inspiration comes. It WILL come. Just let the well fill up again.

P.S. An excellent book explaining the artist's cycle or creaton is called "Van Gogh Blues".

P.S. An excellent book on the artist's cycle of creation is called "Van Gogh Blues".

Yup. You're in artist's block. Depressing, isn't it! But it's part of the artist's cycle. Try a different medium for awhile, or just go out and live life until a new inspiration comes. It WILL come. Just let the well fill up again.

I'm going through the same thing (and even posted a story about it in this forum) and I find that if I just stop trying to think about what to draw, and start to just live life a little more vibrantly, the ideas start to trickle back in on their own. I'll think of something almost without realizing it now. Good luck!

It'll come back. Is this the first time you've suffered from "painters block" The same thing happens to me. My good stuff just flows out of my head effortlessly, and then nothing. I think it has to do with the phases of the moon and the housing of the planets. It'll come back. Sometimes 12 cups of really strong coffee will do the trick!! May the muses return too you soon.<br />
all the best.....puck61