It’s very easy to tune out and immerse yourself in laziness when it’s cold and gloomy outside, here’s how to stay creative and keep moving as an artist!
Draw inspiration from the weather
If it’s cold and gloomy outside, maybe you can channel that in your art. It calls for darker pieces. Infuse your emotions in your art, create with your feelings, and it just may make the weather more bearable. Or maybe the winter snow inspires you to create lighthearted pieces, full of soft colors and serene joy. Snow inspires tranquility, the world changes and seems almost at a standstill. Using the weather and how you feel about it will help you stay creative as an artist.
My latest artworks have actually been strongly influence by all the snowy days we had out here in the Rocky Mountains, especially my latest bunny painting.
I woke up and it had snowed all night but the sun was shining. The rays of light were reflecting on the snow packed roads and trees. The sky was a shade of bright electric blue that turned azure as the day went on. The mountain view from my window was amazing! When I painted the bunny, I wanted to convey that soothing feeling of serenity I felt that morning.
Give yourself a break
Sometimes all you need is time spend doing nothing but relaxing. Time to yourself. How to stay creative as an artist can be hard work and time off is important. Take a day off, calm yourself, and enjoy the moment. You will make up with a fresh mind the next day and who knows? Maybe that break will actually kick-start your creativity and you’ll end up wanting to make a new artwork before the day is over.
Additionally, if you are feeling a bit depressed by the weather, you can read my post on how to fight the winter blues.
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The moment you may feel creative may be when you’re out and have no access to your studio. In these moments, write down what you are thinking or what your idea is. You can carry a small sketchbook pad around or use your smartphone.
Having a written trace of what you came up with outside of your studio can help put you get back to that creative mood later on.
Feed your inner art lover
Get your inspiration from other artists. You can go to an art museum, visit a new exhibition, or just browse the internet. How to stay creative as an artist can call for the help of other artists. Who to better turn to than a fellow creative person?
I personally really enjoy Pinterest for this. Pinterest is all about images and it is tailored to your taste. When you save an image to one of your board, it will show you similar things. My home feed is filled with colorful artworks and animal art, I love it!
I save pictures and painting I like to several boards, feel free to follow me for a daily dose of colorful inspiration! All my boards are art-related.
Listen to music
Music can transport you to another dimension. A lyric or a note can set you off and your mind will start wandering in a world of his own, birthing new ideas as it goes along. Music is powerful like that.
Harness the creativity it gives you and put it on canvas. It may not come all at once, it may just come in small waves breaking on shores, but it will help you stay creative as an artist.
A change of scenery is always good. No matter the weather, if you hit a creative block, it may be a good idea to step out and brave the elements. Find stories in people you pass by, in the nature, or in the buildings. Get some perspective.
And remember, art is everywhere!