What inspires you to keep painting?

Posted: April 26, 2013 in art, culture, painting
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Recently, I was asked by one of my artist friends “How do you keep from getting “artist’s block?” What inspires you to keep painting?”  He asked this because he had hit a wall in his art career. He felt he had no ideas left and similar to “writer’s block,” he had what he called “artist’s block.”

Having gone through this myself some time ago, I answered with what worked for me. I told him:

“Just paint. Stop thinking about coming up with the “hit” painting that will bring you fame or fortune. Get those things out of your head and do your art with none of these ulterior motives. Because the truth is, there are some artists who never make money. When you do a painting it may or may NOT sell. You have to be okay with that and just do it anyway out of pleasure. Do it because you want to express yourself.

If you’re out of ideas, just paint what’s around you in your immediate environment. Look at Van Gogh. When he did ‘Starry Night’ he just painted a scene that was right outside his window. He wasn’t thinking, “I’m going to make a painting that will go down in history for hundreds of years.” No. He looked outside his window and painted what he saw.

Also, if you’re hung up on what kind of artist you’re supposed to be, be it a: Realist, Expressionist, Impressionist, Surrealist, etc…just throw that out the window and explore a different style. No one says you have to live by any labels. Experiment.

This is my advice to any artist having artist’s block: Stop thinking about it too hard. Just have fun. Experiment. Express yourself. Just Paint!

-Roz Barron Abellera



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