Blank Canvas Terror

Myra Naito
4 min readJan 19, 2023

It Happens to the Best of Us

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Have you ever been paralyzed by the blank canvas terror?

Oh, it’s real. It’s very real.

I’m a huge fan of all things paranormal, but the blank canvas terror still gets me sometimes when I least expect it.

What is the blank canvas terror?

In a nutshell, it’s the irrational fear that is induced by the pristine blankness of a new canvas or sketchbook. It’s the fear of making that first mark that would forever change that perfect empty surface.

Yes, I’m being a little overly dramatic. But when you’re in the moment, that’s exactly what it feels like.

Even after 40+ years that I’ve been drawing and perfecting my craft, why do I still get nervous when starting a new project? Why do any of us have this reaction at all?

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The blank canvas terror is a strange experience. On one hand, there’s nothing quite like the joy and excitement of a brand new canvas. White, clean, and so full of possibilities. You have special plans for this canvas. There’s nothing quite as exciting as embarking on a new artistic adventure. You can…



Myra Naito

Freelance copywriter who is passionate about art and fitness. Check out my art blog at or follow me @mnaito_fineart .