Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Japanese Maple & Orange" revisited




















10 x 10 oil on canvas SOLD

When, oh, when will this painters block END???
I've gone from patiently waiting to abject panic.
Maybe the Painting Fairy, or Muse, or wherever
the magic comes from, has permanently left the
building. *sigh* If it doesn't end soon I'm going to
have to think about... dare I say it... getting a
real job. Ooooooh. That gives me chills. Never
mind. I think I'll
hang on a little bit longer.

What is the longest some of you have gone without
feeling the urge to paint? For me, it is usually like the
need to eat, constantly there, so this is very strange.

40 comments:

A Time For Art~Daily Paintings by Kristen Dukat said...

Oh gwen! Never,ever, ever give up! This too shall pass! Take a workshop,give a workshop, do something you've never done...but if you're in a rut, where does that leave the rest of us less experienced? Stay the course and trust in youself!

Douglas Clark said...

This one is really great. I get rid of my blocks by going out in groups to paint outdoors. It is really fun and encouraging to work with groups of friends.

Sonya Johnson said...

Hi Gwen - first off, wonderful painting. The artist's block thing...it happens to everyone, that much I know. It seems to be a trend lately, at least amongst some bloggers.

Back when I was doing commissions in mixed media sculpture, I got so burned out that I didn't paint for months. Switching gears (both subject and return to 2D works) was the ticket. I wish I had some suggestions, other than just maybe explore completely different ideas or genres (like abstract, or collage), just to do something but with no pressure. I think some artist block/burnout results from internal or subconscious demands or expectations we place on ourselves.

Hang in there! As the saying goes: "this too, shall pass".

Julie Hill said...

My dear friend...we all have these kinds of seasons....just hang in there, let it be ...you will come out of it stronger than before...you are too awesome of an artist not to.

Susan E. Roden said...

Gwen I can't believe you're having a block. Your imagination and playfulness is great resulting in wonderful paintings. Take a deep breathe and jump back on that horse - have your cowboy boots on?

mary maxam said...

Hi Gwen-First of all, I love Mr. Pepper as I do all your paintings.If I'm stressed, sometimes I don't allow myself the joy part of painting and that makaes it go on longer :( But,I have re-painted a painting I had done and loved doing.Or,another thing that works for me is to experiment with a completely different surface,paint or brush.Pull out your fav art mags too. This too shall pass-and you'll forget why you were worried :D

Marie Theron said...

I wonder why I can smell this post with its colors and aromas!

Kathy Cousart said...

Gwen, I am a huge fan of your work. I hope that whatever "has" you ends soon. I am new but would think go to a favorite easy subject. Set yourself up for success with a simple and fun still life and go from there. You are too talented and I just know you will be fine! Hang in there.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Gwen, you have not lost anything except some painting time. you have been distracted with so many things. Pick whatever it is is most familiar to you and makes you the happiest and start there. That is always pears for me. Start back simple. Best wishes!!

Kim Blair said...

Hang in there Gwen! Your muse will be back.

When I first looked at your subject matter in this painting I thought that you had 'discovered' a new muse... in green. But of course I realized that my eyes were deceiving me...
:0)
Kim

claire christinel said...

Gwen you are a wonderful talent and your mojo will return! I used to paint exclusively in acrylics, and when I became blocked, I changed my format to small works and started learning to paint in oils. I knew the learning curve would be big and didn't put any expectations on myself, the small format didn't require a big emotional attachment, and I just started enjoying the process. Your oranges are beautiful BTW. The reflections in the bowl and the colour in your shadows are fabulous. Good Luck!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

I think the best way to "force" yourself out of a block, is to force yourself to paint. By that I mean, pick something simple and set it up. After that set very small....really, really small goals, that you can complete in a matter of minutes to do each day. What ends up happening to me, is I spend more than that couple of minutes and it gets me painting. I think the hardest thing to do to come out of a block is to get started. Good luck girl and many hugs!!

Carol Horzempa said...

Gwen, I know what you're going through...I deal with it all the time. I find it helps to participate in challenges. Daily Paintworks has some great ones, especially Carol Marine's 10 minute challenge. That one is a great way to get your creative juices flowing without any big expectations put on the results.

Also I found if I paint on scraps of gessoed watercolor paper then I don't get upset if it doesn't turn out. I'm just doing simple studies and sometimes if they turn out I can use them for greeting cards or even frame them.

Good luck, Gwen!

Barbara M. said...

Love this, and I'm not surprised it sold -- the light and colour are magnificent.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Hi Gwen! You've gotten a treasure trove of good advice here and I agree with most of it! I also just want to tell you real quick, don't wait for that friggin' urge, seize the day! Making a masterpce is not required, getting your talented self back in the game absolutely is!! You have many, many more exciting paintings to paint and so much to share!! Good luck!

David Larson Evans said...

Awe inspiring ...thats what you need. I thumb through magazines or books and see something another artist has done and I say " WOW I wish I could paint like that" and then I try. The intent is to LEARN and in the process I have managed a couple more paintings.

Irene Georgopoulou said...

Don't push your self. Panic is bad! I usually stop painting for about 3 months a year. This is the period that I need in order to recharge my inspiration batteries. It works every time. Just relax and inspiration will come! Have a vacation, enjoy life! Summer is about to come :-)

Irene Georgopoulou said...

By the way, this painting is gorgeous and you are so talented. Talent is there and it won't go anywhere, LOL! Be patient:-)

Kathryn Townsend said...

Hi Gwen--my best remedy for feeling blocked is to treat every painting as an experiment. But beyond that, about 8 or 9 years ago I did the full ten week "Artist Way" program. The "morning pages" are the main thing I remember. Its hard not to feel panic with a block, but in these cases for me there is someone saying in the back of my head--when I'm able to listen--that something new comes out of the dark.

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

the only thing i can say about the block Gwen is that we've all been there and you are NOT alone... i promise 'this too shall pass'.

Robin Kent said...

From the looks of all your comments, you are definitely not alone! I recently returned from a 2 month 'vacation' from art. At that time, I had no energy to start something new (maybe too long a winter?) and just looked around at what was going on other than art. I think I needed the down time to refuel, looking back on it. And it was a good time to reintroduce myself to other facets of my world.

Violetta Smith said...

Visit couple of your favorite galleries, make a day of it and take a painting challenge (like Daily Paintworks) it always works for. Do it soon because we miss you here.

hmuxo said...

Gwen, I think we all go through this "rut"...you are my hero and know this too will pass.! Many hugs from one of your biggest fans!!

Barbara Pask said...

You cannot give up Gwen, you are so talented. Go shopping to a thrift store and find some new props, that always excites me.

Kim said...

Dear Gwen,
Is your muse coming back? Because I miss you! I don't have anything to add that hasn't been said...you're awesome, you've had a lot on your plate and we only have room for so much...so just let go and you will find your way. Big hugs from Canada : ))))

Gary Keimig said...

painters block? Surely not Gwen. Just thinking about having to have or get a job should get those creative juices stirring.

Juliette Morgan said...

Hi I'm new here just admiring the artwork. Every creative person gets a temporary block. Sometimes it can be because you have too many ideas and can't decide what to do, I find. I like your work, thanks for sharing.

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Lisa Daria said...

Paint a comfort prop (like your favorite bowl or fruit) or go draw in your sketchbook. . . maybe you could paint an exact setup you've already painted - just to exercise those muscles. I like Carol H's idea too, partake in a challenge - that's a good idea.

Julie Hill said...

Gwen...it's me again..checking up on you....give yourself some grace, you are phenomenal....then a little kick in the tushy....just do it!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Gwen, I love your work! If you lived closer, I would invite you to come do some plein air painting with the group of wonderful people I paint with. Being outside in the fresh air with a bunch of friendly, encouraging artists is just what the doctor ordered to get you back on track!

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Hi Gwen, I know this feeling, it does feel like it will never go away. The big thing to know is the more you resist it, the more you try to push it away, the longer it stays.
Welcome it, feel it fully and allow it to be and ask inside what it is trying to tell you. Beautiful painting.

Robin Kent said...

You're probably in need of a rest for your eyes/mind. I went through a 2 month 'vacation' and didn't enjoy it because I knew something was missing-painting! But i knew I needed that break. Felt good to be back afterwards-moreso than if I had just kept on painting. Made me miss it and appreciate it more when I took that breather. Somthing goods comes out of somthing bad.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Gwen, I have these swings all the time. It usually means change for me. Many times that is growth. Also painting was once something I did for fun without the need to produce. That can take it out of me.
Your paintings are amazing. I know, I own one. I enjoy and think of you every time I look at it.

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Gwen Bell said...

I can't tell you how much your encouraging comments and suggestions mean to me!

I'm still in a block, but knowing so many of you dear friends care about me and my work means the world to me. Makes me want to hang in there and get back to business!

Thanks you all so much!!!! Hopefully, I'll be back before too much longer.

BIG hugs
Gwen

Carol DeMumbrum said...

I feel the love coming from this post! We all go through the same thing, doubt ourselves and experience times when we don't know what to do. Great suggestions above. Put some music on and just paint your favorite subject, or maybe something totally different than what you have ever done. I love copying a master's painting to experience the feel of his or her method of painting. Blog hug!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Gorgeous color... lovely composition.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, Is this what you call painter's block? I should be so lucky!

Seriously, when I am unmotivated to paint, I try something new like abstract or collage. Something that is more fun and less stress. I also find that nothing gets me excited to start painting like going going on a photo shoot and coming home with a load of new compositions or taking a shopping trip for new set-up props.

Enough already...get going! We miss you too much.

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Very beautiful painting Gwen! wonderful light create such a great atmosphere!