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A creative block on the creative path.

Arghh!! I’m in the midst of it right now and one can make the argument that I’ve been on it for a while.  I am of course, referring to the non-digital/non-computer creative activities of making marks on paper/canvas/objects. I’ve started several works on canvas and gessoed board in the hopes of getting myself out of this rut.

The good news is that the studio is a mess with the attempts that I have made.  I make note of this only because the studio was inactive for the the last several years while I focused on my foray into the digital world.  So, any mess is a good mess.

While I have thoroughly enjoyed myself (& continue to) with web development and design, there is still a part of me that continues to tug at the core. It says to me, no, screams at me that I have to work again with my hands, that I need to physically make objects, create tangible, 3-dimensional things that one can hold and pass on to friends, family, and whomever happens upon these pieces.

So, the question remains: what am I doing to get out of this rut?

  • I am making a mess in the studio – attempting anything to feel the spark again
  • I have started Zazen practice (also something I haven’t done in a very long time – almost a decade. I feel another topic coming on.)
  • I have made marks in my journal – random doodles, void of criticism (or at least, I try not to criticize)
  • I have also written quite a bit in my journal – random thoughts and streams of consciousness just to empty out the clutter in my head.
  • I have tried to stay away from the computer, but you see how well that’s working (geez…) The computer has this tendency to SUCK me in.

The process feels incredibly slow right now, and the impatient part of me just wants to smack me around, while yelling: Snap out of it! But I know THAT won’t help.

So, if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear what you’ve done or are doing…


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2 Responses to “A creative block on the creative path.”

  1. Kari says:

    Trisha – I totally know what you mean. For creative people like ourselves, we have to be able to express ourselves and be creative what ever avenue it may be. I’m glad you are back in your studio and I think it’s great that you are able to have the time to work like that. I only wish I had more time myself. With that said.

    Keep it up. One of the things I always enjoyed was throwing my sketch book in my bag and kicking up in the mountains at my parents cabin. Sitting down on a rock and pulling it out and just sketching what I saw. It didn’t have to be perfect, I just did it. And just being outside and away and being able to clear my mind and sketch felt so good. Perhaps when your taking the dogs for a walk, try doing that (if you haven’t already) Take some colored pencils, or other mediums. Take the camera and try and get unique perspectives. Nature is always the best way I think to get inspired and get my creative side going again!

    Good luck!


    trish Reply:

    Thanks Kari! I’ve been taking my journal on my hikes but sometimes, just hiking for the sake of hiking also feels good. But yeah, every little bit of inspiration certainly helps.


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