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Many of my paintings come out of the travels my wife and I take. I pour over the photos I've taken, and select the few that have the composition to make an art piece. However, I've gone through all the photos from our previous travels, and made paintings from the one that made the cut. The rest are nice snaps, but nothing more. We do not have another trip booked until May. As a result, I'm finding myself in a rut. I've got one photo from a trip we took two years ago -- maybe. It is not the greatest, but it's all I've got. Now, I've made paintings I like from photos that were meh. However, with this one I'm not inspired. How do I break out of the rut? Maybe it is time for another still life? Again, I say meh.
I am in a similar rut David,,,, but for you I would suggest a trip to town or downtown whatever the case may be and bring along your camera. Treat yourself like you are the tourist visiting YOUR area,,, look at it all through new eyes,,,, visit a couple of sites and take lots of photos. Something is bound to inspire you! :>)
David, I love your flower paintings!! Do more of those! Finding motivation and inspiration is never hard for me, it's just finding the time and energy to get out there that is the hard part. Something else always seems more important.
Diane, part of the problem is that my last painting was very different for me. It was an impressionistic European cityscape. I'd love to do another one of those, but I have no more photos like that and I do not live in Europe, so I cannot take more photos (right now). The thought of going back to the same old same old gives me the blahs.
I live in the desert southwest, and I've never really been into southwest art, cacti and such. However, if I'm looking for colorful cityscapes, I might consider one of the old mining towns turned artist communities around here, like Jerome or Bisbee. That is an idea.
Every now and then I get that feeling that perhaps I need a vacation from my photography. So I finally started to learn the piano. Somehow I don't feel the same stress - perhaps its because I'm not doing it to become a professional but because its just something I wanted to do. But by doing something else creative, I've got my desire back to start imaging again. New equipment never did it for me, but I have have three "serious" photo trips planned and am excited. Just something about exploring something else in the arts helped me to break my creative imaging block. I have other "hobbies" but my right and left brains don't talk to each other:).
Even something like going to the art museum or local galleries or in my case learning a new art form can be of help I think.
Jeff, that is a good idea. Last year, I went to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, in Las Vegas. They had an exhibit of Monet and some of his contemporaries. I was struck by two things. First, not so much the landscapes, but the cityscapes inspired me. Second, the play between complementary colors inspired me, particularly yellow and purple. Both those ideas showed up in my last painting.
Why do we feel so guilty when we are not motivated ?
I prefer to work when I feel that I can do nothing else. Sometimes Left brain needs to give Right brain a rest.
Do you do carpentry David ? ( i think I recall seeing a work bench in one of my prior visits to your page . ? ) Go build something !
when your passion returns it will be fresher than ever.