Thoughts on artist's blockI get asked all the time if I get creative block, and what my strategies are for beating it.Thoughts on artist's block3 years ago in Personal More Like This
First, just accept that staying creative is not easy, and it gets harder the older you get. I haven't really noticed it or accepted it until recently, but there indeed seems to be a trend. I met a woman recently who used to paint amazing realistic portraits in her youth. She's in her 60s now, and doesn't do it anymore. When I asked what happened that made her stop, she just shrugged and said, "life".
Some of us get bored and change lanes. Some of us allow the mundane to overcome the creative. And some of us, sadly, just get tired. If you're still cranking out paintings at age 60 at the same speed and quality as when you were 20, you're a rare creative genius.
My creative block comes not from lack of ideas but from the fact that sometimes none of my ideas speak to me or feel special. They don't feel worth it. And every time I go through an artist's block a part of me is scared witless that this