It’s no secret that the first few months of 2020 have felt like something out of a bad movie. Chances are your life as you know it has been turned upside down until further notice. At the beginning of the year, you were complaining about your packed schedule.
You would work all night to prepare for galleries and meet deadlines. Things couldn’t be more different now. It seems that we all have more time than we know what to do with.
If you’re an artist struggling to focus during these difficult times, here are a few ways to get back into the swing of things.
Get Crazy With Some Music
It’s been used as a form of therapy for some, and with good reason. Creating art to music has helped artists in the deepest of slumps find their motivation again.
Why not take a crack at it? If you’ve found that staying inside has stunted your creative juices, try listening to some music. Although, keep in mind that not just any music will do the trick.
If you’re a die-hard pop fan, a few indie albums might do you some good. Or, if you’re an indie fanatic, channel your inner college student and throw on some lo-fi for a new vibe in your studio space. You might be surprised at what it awakens in you.
Challenge Yourself to Take On a New Art Form
We all know the famous saying, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.” However, they never said you had to try the same thing. If you’ve been trying to paint for weeks and nothing is happening, it may be time to put your brushes to the side for a while.
Pick up some oil pastels or charcoal and let your imagination run wild. Try mediums that have scared you in the past. There’s no pressure, and we’ve all got time to kill every day. What’s the worst that could happen?
Go Live on Social Media
While this might seem a bit overwhelming, it might help with feelings of isolation. Everyone is craving human interaction now, so it’s the perfect time to start going live on social media.
People always enjoy seeing the process behind an artwork. Going live at the start of a piece or halfway is a great way to connect with your followers. You could even ask people what they would want you to create and go from there.
It takes the pressure off of you to come up with ideas and gets your followers invested in the process. Social media is great to build your brand all around. It\’s a win-win if you ask us.
Find Inspiration All Around You
If you find yourself going stir-crazy inside, don’t hesitate to get out. The world is still out there. There are things all around that you can pull inspiration from.
This might be the perfect time to visit that one spot you found on a hike last May. If you aren’t able to leave your home, try seeing your neighborhood in a new light.
Focus on small details you may have glossed over in the past. Inspiration for our art is all around us, we just have to find it.
If you want some extra help, take a look at one of our posts on art as therapy.