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Fishink Illustration. Beating the Creative Blues !

August 29, 2012

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like you haven’t got a creative bone (or thought) in your body ? Well yesterday it was my turn, I felt substantially uninspired. It was a challenge to sit at my desk and create something fresh. To break my creative block, I decided to mix together areas that I knew did inspire me. I wanted to use my drawings, my photography and my love of textiles and pattern, and to weave them together in a way I’d not done before. As I was feeling creatively ‘blue’, I literally let that become my palette.

Something old…

Something new…

Nothing borrowed …

and everything Blue !

Since the day started off so flat, I don’t think the results were bad at all. Any thoughts ? How do you ‘switch on’ your creative mind ? Share your tricks lol.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2012 12:18 pm

    These look great, lovely birds and love that pattern! Don’t think I have tricks, but I like your idea of starting with a color, anything to get you going is good. I doodle a lot and lately tend to lose myself on Pinterest, but that can become pure distraction, if not careful. I’m struggling this morning to tie up a book dummy I started. It’s tough when there is no actual deadline, no one waiting to see what you’ve come up with for the day. I appreciate quotes, too : “People who are not artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don’t have time to be inspired.” -John Cage and I love this one, “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close 🙂

    • August 29, 2012 2:12 pm

      Thanks Allyn for sharing those quotes. I don’t usually have tricks either that get me to work, but I do find it interesting to discover what inspires other people to produce, or what they do to get themselves in that ‘creative zone’. Good luck with the dummy book, you can always send people you know a copy and get some feedback if that’s useful to you. I sometimes find working on things too closely can stop you seeing it with fresh eyes, stand back try and see it as if it wasn’t your work, how would you view it ? Lets all keep one another inspired and supported.

  2. August 29, 2012 12:48 pm

    Great idea and a fun way to stretch those creative wings. Thanks for sharing.

    • August 29, 2012 2:03 pm

      Thanks Lisa … and talking of wings good luck with the new book : )

  3. September 5, 2012 6:57 am

    Those are seriously gorgeous birds! I love them all but esp the second one 🙂 Abby

    • September 5, 2012 10:06 am

      Many thanks Abby. You have some wonderful birds on your site too. Lovely collage work. Seems like we’re both keen birders lol

  4. Sarah permalink
    September 7, 2012 8:46 am

    Yes I also love Pigeon Blues…….he’s struttin his stuff n popping off the page.
    Lovely use of colour for the “Ol Bird”
    I would b pleased with my results…..u defo got some good creative bones

    • September 7, 2012 9:01 am

      Thanks Sarah, always great to hear your thoughts. When are we going to see your ceramic Owl ? Can’t wait…

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