The Never Ending Struggle Against Art Block

Art block, they are the words that the everyday artist shudders at. We all hate the art block. It keeps us down, making us feel like we can’t do anything or that anything we do is not good enough.

What is the cure for Art Block? Is there even any such thing?

Well, first of all pouting and doing nothing about it won’t get you anywhere! Just stating the obvious. :/

The way I like to see it, there is a YourNameLand. In my case, it is known as Nekoland. Now, this place has no limits, it’s your imagination! Artists think outside the box (if there really is one).
Now, an art block is when you start building a wall to your imagination and all that is left is a small gap. The wall isn’t that bad because as long as there is a way in, you can still be creating. But then this huge block of nothingness stands right in front of the gap. Now all those colors and rainbows and ideas can’t enter YourNameLand and at some point, nothing goes in. That’s an art block! The magic stops reaching YourNameLand and all those colors disperse to the sides to the point where all this magic stops even trying.

What can you do about it, then? Well, from my personal experience, it is time to attack!! You know how dams are built to block the river’s water from reaching a certain place? Think about your head in a way as being like that. Now, in movies, how is the dam made to go away? Hmm?
They let the river flow strongly into it.
That’s it. The river breaks the dam and the water can once again flow through it!
That’s how you should break through your art block!!
Blocked from writing? Read drabbles, tell me a fable, watch a fantasy/sci-fi movie that you’ve never seen before and get the story ideas flowing!!
Blocked from playing? Practice Ode to Joy (I hated having to play that but it gets me flowing for other songs)!! Listen to an orchestra, watch a live orchestra on YouTube, go to a concert, try a new song you’ve always loved and wanted to play!! Listen to the cover of a song you like, even if it’s not in your major instrument!!
Blocked from drawing? Grab paint and mix colors on your canvas, or do it with colored pencils in your sketchbook! Sketch something abstract!! Flow those colors and feed your imagination!!

Art block can seem like such a hassle but don’t let it get to you! The only way to get over an art block, is to break it yourself!! XD

Go create something!!


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