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I've been fighting it for months now. I look back at old drawings and paintings and don't even understand how I conceived them. My mind keeps drawing blanks, I cannot for the life of me think outside a rational frame of mind.
It's stressing me out.
learn some programming and stop giving a fuck
Don't try so hard.
The artists of olde believed in colonies. Personally, I'm an advocate of moderate drug use.
Learn a new approach/technique. For example if you normally paint, learn how to screen-print.
smoke a J, turn all the lights off and just lay down and think.
That's the problem right now MrOneHundred, I've got a commissioned piece that's due in a few days, a painting specifically.. I'm so stuck.
Inspiration comes in all kinds of unexpected places (fries with that lame cliché, anyone?)... travel somewhere, don't 'try' to come up with stuff - just be in vibrant environments... stuff will come.
I'm sure I'm not saying anything you don't already know, but still.
"The artists of olde believed in colonies. "
Is this somesort of misplaced haiku
I'm definitely trying to not think about the pressure, I'm trying to live normally and produce something honestly. It's just coming so close to the wire now and not thinking about it seems impossible.
Can you do something around any topic you want? If so, could the feeling of creative emptiness + the building mental pressure of not satisfying the expectations of yourself and others be an idea?
I once read this article about a musician who basically wrote an entire album around the idea of feeling unable to live up to the expectations of a successful debut album. Lots of good stuff came from that.
Just trying to help :)
Force yourself to start painting. Force it out like an impacted turd.
I know it too well. If you can just start playing with ideas, even bad ones, and just have fun with it, something good will often turn up. It can be an advantage to do this with a friend/group, if you're deadly stuck.
Thanks for the help everyone. It's now close to completed.
I just look at ffffound
i like oblique strategies. there is an iphone app or an old-fashioned deck of cards.
by no means am i braggin but i'm the opposite... i have been paralyzed by the crippling weight of my ideas and ambition.