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Dealing With A Creative Funk

Mary Rimmell

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July 8th, 2020 - 11:35 AM

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Dealing With A Creative Funk

This time last year (2019), I was starting work on a solo exhibition, held and organized by myself. The intended date of the show was March 2020.

The planning of the even and working on pieces for the show was a magnificent ongoing stream of creativity. Inspiration was abundant and tearing myself away from my studio was a difficult task.

As they say, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry," and everything came to a grinding halt with the worldwide pandemic.

Initially, I thought that I would be ok. I mean, what more can an artist whish for then to be able to spend all their time in the studio, with no interruptions.

In my case, after going through the process of cancelling the show and rescheduling if for August 2020, it was as if a flame was blown out. I just lost all motivation and energy to want to work on pieces. I felt that perhaps it is just a short little creative checkout, especially after all the work for the March show.

We are hitting month 4 now and I was still struggling to feel any creative flow until recently. So, here is the question? How do you pull yourself out of a creative funk?

Usually, when I do feel a bit of a creative funk coming on, I will go to my studio and start cleaning and reorganizing. However, this time I don't even have the motivation to do that.

Since I know I am not the only one who may be struggling with this right now, here are some tips I have on how to get out of the funk:

* Clean and re-organize your studio
* Read through art magazines
* Go on a nature walk and take some photos of potential reference materials
* Listen to art related Podcast - I listen to two different podcasts; PleinAir by Eric Rhoads and ArtBiz Podcast by Alyson Stanfield
* Speak to close artist friends - Mine is MaryBeth Schiros, find out from them what they suggest you can do to break the funk
* Go to stores - I also go and wander through art supplies stores and just look at the different materials

I just had to reschedule the show for the third time. It will be on April 24,2021 - third time is the lucky charm as they say.

So, I have promised myself to be positive about this and I have mentally redesigned my whole show! I have decided to take this opportunity to create a whole new show for the next year.

With the show rescheduled and after a wonderful camping trip in Northern Michigan, I can already feel the creative juices stirring.

Keep an eye on this space for updates about the show.

Happy Painting!!

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