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"lost "of inspiration

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 8:42 pm
by gagueri
Have you ever felt like your inspiration goes away while you're in the middle of a painting? It seems your work is not exactly what you were expecting. Nothing comes to your mind, there´s no way to go ahead. I stop for some days until the inspiration comes back. Have you ever felt like this. What do you do in the meantime?

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 9:27 pm
by bloodjelly
gagueri wrote:Have you ever felt like your inspiration goes away while you're in the middle of a painting? It seems your work is not exactly what you were expecting. Nothing comes to your mind, there´s no way to go ahead. I stop for some days until the inspiration comes back. Have you ever felt like this. What do you do in the meantime?

This happens all the time to me. It's a miracle if I can start a project and finish it without starting twenty other projects in the meantime. Sometimes you have to force creativity, but if you're working for yourself, who cares? Go for a walk, take a vacation, drink a beer, go to sleep. There's always something better you can do creatively around the next corner, anyway.

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:34 am
by captainduh
It is funny that you wrote this at the time you did because as I have just finished my latest painting, I am planning to return to a piece that I walked away from 4 YEARS AGO! Yes, after the first third of the painting I felt like I was lost in the planning. I could not settle on how I wanted the composition to work. So instead of fighting myself or just settling for a less-than-desired result, I put the painting away and started other paintings. I figure that you should never force anything when it comes to the imagination. We tend to think that our imagination serves us, but this is not really the case. We are at the mercy of our own imaginations for there are times when the mind decides that it needs a break from the current situation. The best way to handle this is to stimulate your mind in a completely different way. I do word puzzles, number puzzles, draw, paint something totally different, read, listen to music, anything to shake up my imagination just a bit.

So anyways I hope this helps. As for me I am finally going to continue to work on that painting. There is no promise I will finish it on this go-around though. I might put it away after completing another stage and I might not return to work on it for another 4 years! :D

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 7:03 am
by gagueri
Thanks a lot! It´s good to know you're not alone in these moments!

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:49 pm
by TaraFlyPhotos
CaptainDuh, I've got you beat!
I was once in the habit of collecting unfinished wooden items... and I would paint scenes on them, or cats, or other quirky stuff.
I have things I bought in 2002, that I started painting and haven't finished. One item sat around for 3 years after I purchased it; I finally decided to begin painting it, after we moved and I "discovered" it again while unpacking... But that was in 2005, and it's still only half finished. ;)

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 9:59 am
by Gary Dee
I have two paintings half finished in the closet. Just lost the 'feel'. In the meantime I've finished another and going on another. F#%* the ones in the closet. They may get their chance one day, maybe not. It was MY time they were wasting! :lol:

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 1:21 pm
by TaraFlyPhotos
I sorta liked the design I'd started, so I don't really want to paint over it... but maybe I will anyway, because God knows I'll never finish it AS IS. :lol:

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:42 pm
by gagueri
Gary, I loved your comment! That´s it!

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 7:14 pm
by Gary Dee
TaraFlyPhotos wrote:I sorta liked the design I'd started, so I don't really want to paint over it... but maybe I will anyway, because God knows I'll never finish it AS IS. :lol:

:lol: I have a painting that is the 3rd over two others. "On a Clear Night"... :lol:
Probably could have bought another canvas with amount of paint wasted. :wink:

Re: "lost "of inspiration

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:08 pm
by lynnielu
gagueri wrote:Have you ever felt like your inspiration goes away while you're in the middle of a painting? It seems your work is not exactly what you were expecting. Nothing comes to your mind, there´s no way to go ahead. I stop for some days until the inspiration comes back. Have you ever felt like this. What do you do in the meantime?


Mine went away and never came back