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My Creativity Blog » Meet Your Creative Block Head On

Meet Your Creative Block Head On

Sometimes we feel our creativity is stuck.  This feeling can get worse when we focus on our lack and stop producing.  I have hit this creative road block several times in my art career.

One time I was having a sort of love-hate relationship with the color green. I did not like any of the greens I had purchased in watercolor tubes.  I did not like any of the greens that I was mixing. This struggle was affecting my painting and my creativity.  I was choosing subjects that had no green in them. I did not want to use green in anything.

I finally decided that enough was enough. So, I went after this creative block head first. I challenged myself to do an all green painting. I thought that would be interesting. I was determined not to use any green out of a tube.

First, I needed a subject. That was easy.  I lived near a creek with piney woods and interspersed oaks. I went for a walk and did a quick drawing.  Then the hard part began, mixing greens.  I mixed yellow-greens, orange-greens, brown-greens, and blue-green. I added reds to some of the mixed greens to gray them down. I tested the colors on scrap paper until I came up with some greens that actually looked real to me.

When I mixed a green I liked it went on my painting. I continued to mix more and more greens. I lost track of time and before long,  the painting was finished, almost by magic.  My focus on the task, mixing the color green, had pushed me past my creative block.  I quit struggling and just went for it.  I wasn’t really thinking about what I was painting.

Those kinds of paintings are the ones that I really treasure.  That painting did well for me. It won an award in a local art show and was purchased by a friend.  So when you feel you have a creative block, challenge yourself to meet it head on. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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