I don't know about you but there are some days where I can't get out of my own way. I feel stuck, I get overwhelmed, or I straight up just don't have any creative energy.
As a full-time artist, these days are absolutely not my favorite. So I want to share with you a few things I use to beat the studio blues.
My favorite is connecting with someone in the art community. I'm not always the best about this because I do get nervous in social situations. But conversations with those who have a similar vision for their art always get me excited.
Make a cup of tea - in your favorite mug of course. I think there's something special about a handmade mug, made with love and intention, that really starts my creative soul light up. These mugs are a personal favorite of mine. Kelly Stuck, from Stuck in the Studio, commissioned these mugs for her portrait business. She is an amazing creative with an eye for detail and a heart for the creative community. If you are looking for a fun cup make with love specifically for makers in mind, you can find her mug here - https://www.stuckinthestudio.com/shop/maker-mug. (and be sure to check out her amazing art while you are there!)
Take a walk outside. This ones really helps me clear my head and slow down the onslaught of nerves and thoughts.
My personal favorite is go somewhere new. The past few months, my husband and I have been able to travel to Texas, Mississippi, Chattanooga, North Carolina, and Miami. Seeing different places, getting inspiration from different cultures, or just switching up my routine really helps open my mind to new possibilities. As much as I miss my rhythm during these times, I always find I come back from these trips refreshed and ready to tackle my next project or create a whole piece. If travel isn't within reach for you right now, take a day trip to your favorite lake, an art museum, or a new city nearby.
And lastly, it's okay to actually be stuck in your studio. Take out your distractions, write down your list, and make the art. You got this, and there's a whole art community cheering you on. Just hop on instagram and you'll find so many artists fighting the same battle who will want to connect with you.
So remember, if you like getting stuck in the studio check out my friend Kelly's mugs - https://www.stuckinthestudio.com/shop/maker-mug.
Happy Creating, Liz