4 Easy Steps for Artists to Avoid Creative Burnout

4 Easy Steps for Artists to Avoid Creative Burnout



hey there I'm Mary Gilchrist and thank you for joining me here in my outdoor office for the day so I want to talk a little bit about burnout we've all been there you know that feeling where you just are not inspired by what's on the easel what's in your head what's in your mind nothing's coming easy well hold on I've got some ideas for you so number one step away from the easel put down the paintbrush sometimes actually continuing to paint is not the answer instead I've got some other ideas for you I want you to remember that when you're painting you need to draw from your creative well from your imagination from the sort of creative juice that drives art and if you don't have any inspiration if you're running dry you've got to recharge that well so the first thing to do is to step away from the easel step out of the studio and if nothing else at least take a walk that's one reason I'm out here today is I needed to get out of the office and away from the computer and away from the studio so step away go take a walk at the very least take a walk another thing you can do you can go read some books on artists so even if you can't get to a museum or a gallery which is there another really good idea we're going to talk about think about pulling out one of those books probably of your favorite artists get a little inspired looking at art and art books by your favorite artists can really help replenish that creative juice number two go look at some real art again you got to get out of the studio you've got to go feed that well go to amuse them go to a gallery go to a friend's studio but go look at some real paintings look at the texture look at the color look at the surface number three if to try something totally different step away from art altogether either train or try something out in a different medium than you're used to using so for example if you're an oil painter try watercolor try gouache try pastels or try something totally separate from art think about something like surfing horseback riding another activity that will take you out of yourself that's a passion that can fuel your creative fire and number four which i think is really one of the most important ones find a community of artists because nothing that I can think of will refuel you regenerate your creativity and light your creative spark like being in the company of other creative Souls so get out there and find your community where do you go to find those folks well you can go to your local art guilds you can go to your local art museum you can go online to a Facebook group like our artwork living free Facebook group or you can come away with us come camp with us we have paint camp coming up September 12th 315th I can't think of a better way to refuel your creativity rejuvenate your creative spirit and make a whole lot of new art friends to check it out and get further details go to Mary Gilchrist n.com forward slash paint Camp 2019 that's Mary Gilchrist and Comm forward slash paint camp 2019 happy painting y'all

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