BREAKING THE BLOCK

 photos by Jo

photos by Jo

If you've been following me on Instagram you probably know this. I had the worst case of painter's block! it lasted way longer than it should, but now it's all gone! YAY! If you've ever been through it you know how frustrating it is.

The more I talked about it, the more I realized I wasn't alone. So many creatives go through this painful process in silence because there's such a stigma about it in the community especially for fine artists. 

Today I'm going to share some of the things I did to get rid of my block.

▶ ▶. I moved! Yup, we had purchased a condo in a neighbourhood that wasn't right for us. I know it sounds drastic but It was the source of most of our stress! ( another story for another day). I am not telling you to do something that drastic, but sometimes a temporary change of environment helps. Making a trip to a creative city can make the world of a difference.

▶ ▶ Avoid negative energy! One of the things that annoys me is the local radio cold turkey (besides CBC). I find it's just filled with gossip & the same 30 songs that they keep repeating. There are lots of great solutions online right now I'm really into Songza they have both paid & free option.    

▶ ▶ Take a workshop or online course.

▶ ▶ Get yourself a good smart phone! make sure it has a really good camera & document everything that inspires you. I couldn't tell you how many artists I've met who still have a flip phone, there's a whole new world out there don't fear it. 

▶ ▶ Download Instagram. It's free & it's filled with really inspiring people who encourage you on a daily basis.

▶ ▶ Stop worrying that someone's gonna steal your idea if you put it on the internet you're only hurting yourself. 

If your already on Instagram, here are a few apps that I use and love. Even though Instagram may not be a replacement for your regular art practice, it's a great creative outlet.

Diptic - played a huge part in my #circlelove series & it's really good for creating grids. It costs 0.99 cents. I also use Over to add typography to my images. It is also 0.99 cents. Vsco is great for adding beautiful effects to your photos cost. It's free with paid additional effects. Slowshutter is great for panning and light trail. It costs 0.99 cents.

While we are on the subject of un-blocking your creativity, Danielle Krysa from The Jealous Curator just came out with this interesting book! She's a Vancouver-based blogger and devoted artist supporter. You can get your copy here

Don't forget to give me a shout on instagram & show me what you made with those apps!

Tafui