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My Creative Slump

WINTER DOLDRUMS

 

Time to be real and confess that I’m in the throes of a maddening, creative conundrum. I think it all began just before Christmas.  I spent a week working on pencil dog portraits.  I hadn’t worked in pencil for quite some time, so I found myself pretty nervous.   Finn has a vision problem if you noticed the difference in his eyes. Here are the sweet pooches that I drew that week:

 

 

SAMMY

PEPPER

                                                                                                                                                   ROCKY

 

FINN

 

The following week I spent a painting on canvases for my amazing grandchildren. I don’t pretend to be much of a painter.   I love to draw, but painting feels out of control to me!  I managed to get them all done but didn’t have any drawing time that week.  Here are the paintings I worked on:

DESARAY AND ALYSSA DECIDED ON LAVENDER AND AQUA FOR THEIR ROOM.  THESE ARE SUCH PRETTY COLORS.

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY COME UP WITH FOR THEIR BEDROOM DESIGN!

CAMERON IS OUR FOOTBALL PLAYER!

NATE IS OUR VIDEO GAME PLAYER!

LEAH LOVES DISNEY’S FROZEN!

RYDER LOVES DINOSAURS & GUNNER LOVES TRAINS!

Christmas came and went.  It was a lovely day and so much fun!  You should have seen all seven kids unwrapping their gifts at one time.   It was hysterical!  After our festivities were over, I planned to spend plenty of time drawing.  I’m not sure exactly what happened to me, but a couple of weeks went by and I hardly drew at all.  I stayed busy and didn’t worry much about my lack of creativity.  I had signed up for a class that began on January 2 and I thought it would get me back on track.  Here are the only two drawings I did after the holidays:

 

FRAMED TEAPOT WITH GRAPHICS

60’s VINTAGE COUTURE

FRAMED PIECE – VERSION ONE

FRAMED PIECE WITH GRAPHICS – VERSION TWO

PLEASE BE SEATED . . . 

CLASS WILL BEGIN!

Class began and I practically had to force myself to do the exercises.  I really liked the teacher’s style of instructing but I wasn’t really getting into the assignments.  I allowed myself to take off last week and draw in my normal style, medium and subjects that I enjoy.  Slowly but surely, I feel that I’m beginning to work through my creative slump.  I’m so grateful that I’m beginning to feel more like myself!  Here is the last drawing that I worked on:

At least it’s a start!  I know a few other artists who struggle from time to time with similar problems.  I’m curious as to whether any of you ever find yourself unable to do something that you love.  If so, how do you get over your writer’s block, artistic slump or any kind of creative trap?  Let’s encourage one another!

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