I have had such a hard time lately. I feel like a tortured artist. Something out there is so cruel. Never have I had such a desire to paint, but with zero inspiration. Please tell me I'm not alone. It sounds ironic, but it's true. I want to paint SO bad. I'm getting tired of painting florals from other people's pictures because without me being there in person, those paintings seem to lack a certain genuine quality. At least to me. I don't have any reference photos to work from that just scream "paint me!". I tried getting out and walking on the beach and looking for scenes that really jump out at me, but I think I'm trying so hard I'm stifling it. I've surfed the internet admiring all my favorite artists' paintings, trying to spur inspiration that way. No luck. Ugh. What do I do?
I've recently painted a couple cloud scenes from some stormy days we've had recently. And those were fun, but not enough. What is enough? What am I looking for? I don't know. I guess my only solution is to keep painting. Even if I don't want to. Even if I'm not inspired. Until I find whatever it is I'm looking for. I feel like I'm on the verge of a major shift in my art. Either in my style or my subject matter. We shall see. I think I need to challenge my skill a little. I need to push myself to the next skill level. How do I do that? Paint. Paint. Paint. I know. But I'm not inspired! (I'm having a roaring pity party now.)
To jar my brain a bit I've done some charcoal drawings of random people whose photos I've found online. I really love drawing people. Always have. When I was a child I either drew faces, fabric, or flowers. Ha! Maybe I'll try some portraits.
Anyway, I've been wanting to update my blog, but I haven't been able to think of anything I thought you might find interesting. So I decided to just be honest and open about my struggles and share them with you. If you have any advice or encouragement PLEASE send it my way! :) Thanks so much!