Do you ever feel like you are blocked creatively? Don't know what to paint or draw! No inspiration in sight? I think we all feel that way at one point or another. Or weekly. Or daily. Non-artists often think that creativity can be turned on and off like a water faucet. We all know differently. Sometimes inspiration strikes like a lightening bolt and other times it is nowhere in sight.
Through the years I have learned that the first step toward getting that creative feeling back is to just walk in to my studio and start getting out some art supplies. Then I force myself to pick up a brush, dip it into some paint and touch it to the watercolor paper. Once I see that beautiful color start to run and spread on the paper I begin to feel that artistic urge coming around. Pretty soon I am in the groove and experiencing that giddy, glorious zone of pure creation!
It also helps if I always have several paintings or projects going at once. When I walk in to the studio I just have to see the artwork in progress and the creative spark is there. Or if I look through my inspiration files full of photos, painting and art ideas. Anything that will visually stimulate that creative part of my brain. After all, art is an active exercise.