Where To Look When You’re Feeling Uninspired

February 28, 2018

Writers block, painters block, photographers block, whatever it is, feeling uninspired is the single most frustrating feeling for any artist to feel. It’s not easy to overcome the slump of procrastination and boredom, but it’s important to try, so if you’re feeling uninspired and aren’t sure where to look, here are six quick options to get you up and running again.

Social Media

There are thousands of artists, amateurs and professionals alike sharing their art online. A quick look through popular websites such as Pinterest or Instagram should immediately produce a wide range of inspiration from artists all over the world. You may even discover a new medium you haven’t tried yet, but think you’d like to, such as punch-needle.

Other Artists

Talking to other artists with similar tastes to you, or who know you well can provide a certain level of insight that looking at the work others have done on social media can’t. It may provide you not only with inspiration for your own work but also some solidarity, since most artists will have experienced or be experiencing what you are going through. However, there is an important distinction to be made between finding inspiration from another artists work and directly copying it, and this line can become particularly contentious when you involve artists that you know personally.

The News

The news can be a huge source of inspiration for many artists. A lot of art serves as social or political commentary, or simply just depictions of life around the world to bring awareness to causes close to the artists heart. Photography in particular can be an incredible medium for spreading awareness and bringing about change. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, a quick scroll through a news website such as themonitordaily.com can help to get the ball rolling.

Art Galleries and Museums

Art galleries and museums (not necessarily even those directly related to art) specifically curate some of the best and most valued art pieces in the world. They are designed carefully to make you think and to inspire you to produce your own work, so they are quite possibly the perfect place for an uninspired artist to wander. Many museums now offer discounted rates for students or have free entry entirely, so with a little searching, you shouldn’t have to be spending much money.

Your Friends and Family

Friends and family can often be an unexpected but welcome source of inspiration for an artist in need. You may not realize it, but the people surrounding you probably have a lot going on in their lives and plenty of opinions and thoughts to share. If you’re still feeling uninspired, try going for a coffee with a friend or calling your mom and hopefully you’ll be able to find inspiration in the little things.

Old Memories

Many artists draw their inspiration from childhood memories, old clothes or diaries kept during some of the darkest times of their lives. You don’t have to produce art based on your life, but it can be a good starting point for some inspiration. Try digging out an old photo album or journal and having a flick through.

Artists’ block is temporary, and these are just a few hints at how to get your creative juices flowing again.


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