How to Reignite your Creative Spark...
So what should you do when you're experiencing a creative block...?
Reach for the chocolate?
Lie on the floor, kicking and screaming?
Curl up in to the foetal position?
...Well fortunately most of us are able to control the urge to do all of the above, but it doesn't mean we're not feeling the frustration in a big way. But if the problem lies with simply not knowing what to paint or write about, then I have a nifty suggestion that might just help you out...
The problem we face can often simply lie with having too much choice!
It's not easy to pluck an idea out of the air, particularly if you are one of those who doesn't specialise in a particular subject!
But what if someone were to give you a random word and you had to use it as your inspiration? Even if you can't think of something to create straight away, this random word immediately gives you direction and gets your brain ticking.
(I'll explain how it works in a mo)
Now I wouldn't be suggesting this technique if I hadn't used it myself and come up with some pretty successful paintings as a result. As an example, you might remember this painting, which was inspired by the word 'Evidence'...
...And these two paintings were inspired by the word 'Breakfast'...
I could go on, as there are several other paintings I made which were inspired simply by a random word, but best get to the important part...
Where can you find a random word?
Well, just pop along to Random Word Generator and use the very first word that pops up to inspire your creation!
And you can be as 'loose' in your interpretation as you like! For example, I used the word 'warmth'... to inspire this paintng...
...(I was going for warmth in the lighting here).
The point is, that the random word gives you something to work with and gets you creating!
And this technique can be used for other creative obstacles too, such as writers block.
For example, you don't know where to start your novel and your random word is 'Amber'...
(btw I just got that word from random word generator) Well perhaps your story begins... 'In the amber glow of a flickering fire...'
You see how it works?
Q. So, do you have a good technique to help get over a creative block?
(Share in the comments below)
Week in a nutshell...
Pleased about: My creative 'drinking' experiment is finally over! (More on that soon!)
Interesting Blog post: 'Killing Your Idea with Kindness'
Progress made: I have almost finished my Coke Bottle painting. Watch this space!!
Inspired by: An interview with 'iphonographer' Kelli Klymenco. You can listen here.
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