What do you do when…

Your creative muse has left you?

Make no mistake. It’s not that I am lacking in ideas. My head is always simply bursting with them. But lately, and it’s been coming on for the last few months, my creative motivation has almost utterly left me. Why…I know not.

I don’t think it’s because I don’t sell a lot of original art. I have never been as commercially successful as other artists. What I do is not necessarily what people want to put on their walls etc.  I have always pretty much created, drawn, painted to please myself, and my work is not easy to categorise. That’s not to say I am not happy when I do sell, and get commission work, but…I don’t judge myself on it, or need that validation.

But, despite having an awesome working space, despite the admiration and support of people telling me how much they like my work, I just cannot seem to motivate myself to draw.  This year has been the driest in terms of artistic productivity in years.

In truth, I am tired, and haven’t always been well, but that has never stopped me before. Yet, I have come as close to giving up and taking myself out of the public eye, and off the web as I have done in years.

I keep saying the same thing to myself, ‘why bother..who cares’.  This is not self pity, or a cry for people to praise me. I am genuinely perplexed with myself, and I haven’t felt this way since I graduated, oh so many years ago!

I think it’s time, to try something new. Yoga? Meditation? Or maybe just be less hard on myself :)

We shall see. I will keep you posted. xx

 

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About Lorrie Whittington

Hi there, welcome to my journal, and thanks for reading my post. I love to make contact with other creatives, so do please leave a comment. I am also founder and co-editor of ArtJunky.net.

2 thoughts on “What do you do when…

  1. I hear you. It’s been a dry year for me yet overwhelmingly busy. I’ve started being paid to write and have ventured forth into being a freelancer. At first the art got pushed aside as I scrambled to establish myself writing and now, even after painting and reorganising my studio, I have nothing inside.
    I think as a JumpStart I’ll try a new medium, take some classes. I find Carla Sondheim’s online classes a great inspiration. And my local arts centre has some excellent teachers.
    All the best for 2014

    1. Hi there Pomomama..

      Thanks for the nice reply and for stopping by (rhyming!)

      I think for me taking a good long rest from the pressure of creating, writing, blogging etc has been a real bonus. I have lots of plans for the new year, and a big kick start to my creativity.

      Have a fabulous 2014 yourself :)

      x

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