Painting Tips - Feeling Uninspired? Here Are
Some Ways To Fight Painters Block.
by: Ralph Serpe
The next time you find
yourself staring at a blank canvas, don't get
discouraged. Sometimes our minds need a little
break from painting. I would like to share how I
find inspiration for those unproductive moments.
Take a walk or drive to
the country - Step outside and talk a long walk.
Get your blood circulating and energize your
mind. Exercise and fresh air can do wonders when
you are feeling down. I also like to hop in the
car and take a drive out to the countryside. I
always bring a sketchpad or notebook along with
me. I find so much beauty and inspiration from
Visit a museum or gallery
- Just looking at other artwork is enough to get
your creative juices flowing. I will map out a
few local galleries and head out with a friend
to see what beautiful art I can discover. If
they allow you take photographs, take a few
shots of any works that caught your eye and
bring them back to your studio for inspiration.
Go to a bookstore - Visit
your local bookstore, grab a cup of coffee, and
browse through the art section. See what new
information sparks your interest. I pick up
anything from magazines to art history books.
Listen to some music -
Grab a few of your favorite CD's, a blank
canvas, some of your favorite colors, and do
some spontaneous painting. Don't think but
instead let the rhythm of the music lead your
brush. You will be pleasantly surprised at what
Don't be afraid to try
different things - Oil paint is an incredibly
versatile medium. Experiment with different oil
painting techniques. Oil paint can be thinned to
a watery consistency or brushed on with thick
luscious strokes. Don't limit yourself to only
one style. Don't worry about being wrong or
following any rules. This is the perfect time to
make mistakes as you are only experimenting and
When all else fails, say a
prayer! Ask God, the one who blessed you with
your creative gift, to lead your brush. He is
the ultimate source of creativity. I bet he has
some good ideas up his sleeve.