Have you ever hit a creative drought? I have and, in fact, am just pulling out of one. It's not much fun, is it? Whether you're a photographer, painter, sculptor, writer, glass-blower, potter, designer or something else, it happens at some time or another to all of us who call ourselves "artists". Maybe it happens because life has gotten a bit worrisome, we've overextended ourselves (us?), the weather is lousy, our energy is low. Whatever ... it's not fun.
It's a mystery to me why this latest drought hit me when it did. I'd just finished my Focusing post and my prompt gig over at Flickr, I have about three editing projects in progress ... but I felt ... flat. Since I have obligations and so many projects, it was worrisome but I just didn't know how to pull out of it. I reached into my usual bag of tricks:
- cruise Flickr
- surf my favorite photo websites
- take a photo walk
Nothing worked. Until ...
One day last week, when we were at the grocery store, my granddaughter suggested that we buy some pink tulips. Pink is her favorite color, by the way. When we got home, I put them in a pitcher, set them on my kitchen table and didn't give them another thought. Later that day, as I came downstairs, my eyes spotted them as they glowed in the afternoon sun. Inspiration! I rushed them out to the back porch where the light is magical that time of day and reeled off about 50 shots.
What do you do when your inspiration burns out? Do you have any tricks to reignite the passion? Please share it with us here at Focusing. Although we're here to inspire you, our creativity flickers every now and then. Why not show us a little love today and send some inspiration our way on the comment page and on the FOL Flickr page with your fabulous Favorite Things. It will make our hearts sing!
Creation is a drug I can't do without.
-- Cecil B. DeMille