Stuck in a Creative Rut?

Rise to the Occasion with 3 Monthly Challenges

Getting stuck in a creative rut happens to the best of us. It seems like every muse that ever was has abruptly left the planet and left us alone to wither away in our uninspired, unmotivated, and uncreative lives.

Your creativity doesn’t have to wither away. (Photo Credit: Copyright: Walter Morselli)
You don’t have to stay stuck in a rut. Challenge yourself! (Photo Credit: Copyright: Olivier Le Moal)

Creative rut beware!

  1. Assign a theme to every month. You can also assign a different medium for every month. For example, January will be for watercolor landscapes. February can be for Copic marker characters. March is for pencil people studies and April is for ballpoint pen animals. You get the idea.
  2. This one can incorporate the first two, but a limitation is imposed. For example, if you’re drawing animals for the month, the stipulation might be using only red, blue, and yellow color pencils. Or you might decide to do cityscapes on another month with a time constraint. By using limitations like this, you stimulate creativity by problem solving. If your limitation is only using a blue ballpoint pen, you have to figure out tone, values, special effects, etc. And limiting time forces you to throw caution to the wind and be looser and more gestural by not investing so much time agonizing over details.

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