That is where I'm at.
Oh I wish I were posting new art. Discussing new this and that. Unfortunately I have not one iota of creativity residing in me.
So for whoever cares, for whoever wonders what the great artist is up to, I share with you my nothingness.
I fell into the crack, the large gaping cesspool crevice in my own head and am swimming in blackness.


Ellen said...

I want to give you lots of little tips or advice, but it would all sound trite. Because I, and I'm sure everyone with at least one creative bone in their body has felt the exact same way. The curse of right brain thinkers - depressive moods.

There is some interesting talks on TED (www.ted.com) regarding the science of happiness. Seems like a lot of left brain, logical activities are more conducive to improving your mood when you're down. It may sound dorky, but I measure and cut up paper I'll use for later when I'm tired and frustrated and stressed over day to day worries. Something, rhythmic, logical and that puts no pressure on myself really does help a bit.

You're a wonderfully talented artist and it will come back. Be kind to yourself!

self taught artist said...

i'll check it out that site..
not being creative just makes it worse when you feel like everything is futile.
i too have a bevy of tips and advice for myself. I'll bet yours are more amusing :)

stephen.hambric said...

Hey, I thought that there was someone else swimming around in my black pool of artistic despair.

I have to admit, I felt a bit constricted reading about the frame shop. Sometimes you've got to make a living, but only YOU know what YOU can take. Keep us posted.

I'm going to check into Ellen's advice.

Mary Buek said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. Do you have any bits of furniture around that you could paint? That's pretty left-brained. Oh, never mind. . . it's also pretty lame-brained. Hey, you are not alone, and I'll bet you've been there before, so you know that the spark will return. Maybe you could take your camera out and just shoot pictures in junky places like I do. No stress, no pressure, delete everything you don't like.

Ellen said...

Now having recommended a link, I went back to check what is was exactly I was recommending. So many of the talks on TED are fascinating and inspiring, but not exactly advice giving. But, i gotta say, I LOVE the one by Daniel Gilbert, "Why are we happy"

The studies that were done that demonstrate that getting what you want is the key to being happy is a fallacy. That just astonishes me. Seems misery can be too much freedom, too much choice. Modern life certainly bombards us with too many petty choices that can be overwhelming.
Anyways, I will quit babbling NOW.

sarala said...

I feel for you with the frame thing. I know you don't even like framed things.
You'll cycle out of this one and get back to the art. Just maintain hope and patience.

Karen said...

Paula, you have very eloquently stated how all of us have felt at some time or another. It is the low of being an artist I suppose. To have gone from energetic creativity to that lonely blank space sets anyone to reeling! I try to think of it as a time to regroup my energy and scattered ideas. I find having a sketch book or journal where I can put down various ideas and half formed art a good place to visit when I think I am out of any viable artistic cell in my whole being. It just takes a little spark sometimes to ignite a fire after all.

self taught artist said...

yeah karen, being an artist and a human. its the whole kit and kaboodle that gets me. money/art/showing/getting more art baubles or photos/finding balance and feeling like things are going somewhere as opposed to being STUCK.
i dont get upset when i'm not feeling creative, that alone isn't a big deal,i know it will ebb and flow ~ it's when everything else feels like its falling apart and life feels like a hard climb up everest.

Janet White said...

The. Artist's. Way.

or...just keep at it. It's a drought. Droughts end. Trust.