Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Relax it's Just an Artist Block

Blocks aren't just for artists
or writers..

I think
blocks are impediments to our daily way of life..
a block is simply an inability to see the 

What we use in the studio, I think we can also apply to
everyday situations and relationship issues..
Now, I seldom get a block, I have more ideas than I have time 
to create, but every so often a series gives me fits..
and this is what I do..

Step 1.

It is all a mind game really..
the mind wants to be in control..
it knows best.. or so it tells me..

 the truth is 
that the creative solution resides outside
the realm of the mind.. the idea doesn't reside in the mind..
though it can come to the mind...

the first thing I do is to re frame it..
I am temporarily stuck, 
not blocked.. 
which makes it sound less dramatic,
gives me back my power,
and is more easily overcome..

Step 2.

I know that the last thing that I think I want to do
when I am looking for a solution..
is to play, it seems so ....


 but that is exactly what I find I need to do..

I find this to be the hardest when I am coming close to a deadline..
I don't know about you, but
I get all puffed up with anxiety
when I am not listening...
but I think I am..
but I am NOT...
but I think I am..

play comes in lots of different forms
listening to music...
watching the grass grow..
or sit at the beach and listen to the waves..

binge on Netflix...
talk to a friend..
or go bake some cookies..
go window shopping or antiquing..

take a drive.. 
see a movie..
go for a run or take a walk

shoot some photographs..

try a new technique or product...
or color
very popular right now..

The key is relaxation..

because that is where the solution resides..
and I know I cannot access it, when I am constantly looking for the solution..

Step 4.

Change the Venue or Habit

If I am still looking for my muse after I have had time to relax 
and have let the problem go..
then I find when I change my venue, 
instead of working in my studio, 
where I feel stuck..
sketching in a coffee house will present a new perspective..
or making an artist date with a friend..
or instead of going to the studio at the same time, I change up my work times..
and I like to...
I remind myself that my muse didn't leave me
I left her..
because I really wanted to be the one in control..

it really is
just a simple mind game..

which brings us right back to 
Step 1.

doesn't it?
what do you think?

Have a beautiful week..
and as always, thank you for 


ELFI said...

je prendrai mon bloc de dessin avec moi! et en attendant un peu d'inspiration je prends de la respiration! :)))

Caterina Giglio said...

Absolument, mon ami! Parfait! :D

Anonymous said...

Sounds like my upcoming Saturday....great advice. xox

Unknown said...

Splendid post! Love your thought process and the steps you take! I mostly garden or cook when I'm stuck, can't draw at all, though, I do love to throw paint around! But mostly I photograph and start manipulating/altering images and that usually get me past the stuck mode . . . xo

lana kloch said...

pure poetry.. your style of writing and amazing advice.. i see a book in your future my dear

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Beautiful post. For me it is about slowing down...too easy to do what I know...if I slow down and wait a few min. (maybe days!) a new surprising plan emerges. So for me it is all about patience.

*jean* said...

excellent tips, every one! and your photos are stupendous...xo muses need dates too!

Cappuccinoandartjournal.blogspot.com said...

I really enjoyed the post -- and I agree -- you can't force things. I usually have so many ideas I can't keep up....but when I don't....I clean my (very messy) studio and before I know it, I start getting ideas just from sorting and organizing my ephemera.....

Dorthe said...

Looking at your beautiful, and calming creations here, I think what it is I am doing, when blocked ..... I think it falls under your "play" ideas, as I leave the room, for another look, another thought, and another doing. I let what ever I`m creating, stay allone, for the day, and greet it the day next, almost always ready to let my muse work.
A beautiful post dear Cat.

Caterina Giglio said...

Guess your Sat. Went well Corrine? Thanks, love!

Caterina Giglio said...

Great advice, Gail.. Digital work would definitely change the energy! Xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Lana! LOL you crack me up! Glad you liked my thoughts on blocks! Xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, great advice..slowing down ...ye, that makes sense.. Thank you!

Caterina Giglio said...

Yes they do, Jean!! So true! Xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Pamela! That is one of my favorites.. Thanks for reminding me!

Caterina Giglio said...

I thought many of you would have good ideas, and your ideas are wonderful, dear Dorthe... Thank you! Xoxo

Sharmon Davidson said...

I agree wholeheartedly that, as you say, the creative solution lies outside the realm of the mind, or at least the conscious mind. And play is the best way to get over that block, to relax and let the answers come in their own time. That's what my weekly quick collages are all about... taking photos is also a great way to relax, and yours are beautiful... I'm really attracted to the composition of your collage - beautiful in its simplicity. Good luck with your mind game; you have all the answers right there. Sometimes we just press too hard. xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Sharmon... I so agree... in the conscious mind... and I didn't know that your weekly collages were were about relaxing and allowing.. very cool and i adore your weekly collages. Thank you for your kind remarks.. I love the photos too...and the mind game is ongoing.. grin.. xoxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm like Pamela. When I'm stuck, I clean and organize. Just moving a few things around, or combining them with like things often gets me in the mood. However, sometimes I am burned out and must take a step backward and rest. That means getting away from the computer and reading or doing something with a friend that makes it so I don't feel so overwhelmed.

Thanks for your perspective on this subject. I tell people who ask me how I cope with being burned out, that if you have never had one of those mental blocks then you aren't putting enough effort into it in the first place.