As you know my last piece was the Fantail drawing,
But two days soon turned into a week, then two weeks, and then a month. I wasn't concerned, I kept expecting the next project to present itself any time now and off I would go, head first into being happily absorbed in my next drawing. At six weeks, I became a little bit agitated, no ideas had presented themselves, and I began to think they never would. I soon realised that I would need to actively look for some inspiration, but even doing that felt difficult, I didn't really know where to start. What did I WANT to draw? What if I started something and then got bored with it because it wasn't really me?
So for the first time I had to start thinking about what it is that makes me want to draw. What is it that I see in something that compels me to reproduce it in my own way, that will totally absorb me and keep my passion alive? To be honest, I'm still figuring that out, but at least I'm asking the question instead of just blindly diving in. I expect it's all part of finding my "own voice", and other such artistic clichés, (sorry, it all sounds a bit ARTY FARTY I know!).
In the meantime I still needed to find some actual real, cold hard INSPIRATION!
So I cleaned up my studio (studio makeover plans are now brewing, along with everything else!). I found old sketch books, artistic journals, unfinished pieces, forgotten materials. All great for getting the juices flowing, but I still didn't hit on the one idea that would get me to start an actual drawing. Next port of call, trawl through all the photos on my phone and computer, got to be something in there that will inspire me. And sure enough.....
.....and so have started this:
So that is how I have gotten out of my drawing slump, by finding something I love and that I will love drawing. Sigh of relief...the world just does not feel right to me if I don't have a drawing on the go. So for now, all is right with the world again. Or at least my little corner of it...
ps I love to hear your feedback; have you ever had a creative block or fallen into a slump? If so, how did you deal with it? Would love to hear your story.....