Another bright and sunny day although freezing cold. Another day of feeling very enthusiastic and wanting to paint…….only one problem which is grinding the whole process to a complete stop; I don´t know what to paint!
I´ve tried thinking of something, I´ve tried not thinking of something. I´ve gone through all the photos I have taken. Nothing. Not a hint of inspiration. Even my lovely dreams of swirling colours and shapes have stopped. No more seeing pictures in my dreams, no more painting-type thoughts in my head all day. What is happening? Have I really painted every thing there is to paint? Well, I´m nowhere near that point, but I just don´t have an idea of what I´m going to do next. I´ll try a little wander around the internet after my work, and hope to stumble upon something inspiring. Failing that, I will take my dog and go and take a café and tostada in the Plaza and forget all about art, painting and inspiration altogether. I will think of nothing except my breakfast, and maybe chat a little with the very friendly young girl who works there in the mornings. Mmmmmm, just the thought of it is making me feel more relaxed, it´s obviously the way to go.
I know I am trying to be more productive than normal over the next few weeks, because once christmas is upon us, I will have much less time available for painting. I´m also worrying that I will not have enough originals for an exhibition which will never happen if I don´t paint. A friend suggested putting all my paintings in enormous frames, and writing long and arty type descriptions to go with each one. According to her , if I´m crafty enough I can fill miles of wall space with a dozen or so paintings……….if only it was as easy as that. Big canvases do definitely help though, and I do like painting on those, but I don´t want to feel I´m painting with one eye on the square miles being covered. Doesn´t seem right somehow.
It´s a block. Plain and simple; whatever makes a picture tumble out of me and arrange itself nicely on the canvas is just not here today. It´s asleep, or on holiday; it´s not giving me any help at all, and I have no idea when it will come back. Soon I hope, or at the very least by the end of the week. Does worrying about it make it worse? Probably, so I´ve said my last word about it until whatever the block is, it has gone away.
So reviewing my options this is what I have decided: A few hours of online work, and then straight down to the plaza for breakfast and a nice long chat with whoever else is in the bar……..I think I can turn this around into a productive day after all.
Enjoy your day everyone,