Can you lose your creativity??

@Nireths (149)
United States
February 21, 2007 9:33pm CST
Recently I have felt like I can't do anything. I don't know if it's my mood, or state of mind, or so many things that are going on and chores to do. I don't know if you can lose creativity. But I would like to know if anyone knows a way to get it back, to be able to draw and paint nicely again. I feel that my art is degrading rapidly.
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@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
22 Feb 07
Typical painter. No, you can't lose your creativity, but you can drive it and yourself up the wall worrying about it. When I paint, it's a flood, to the extent that I have to physically stop myself. Then it can take ages to feel the urge to paint again. Actually, what's happening is that your skills have advanced as you worked. You're now far more critical, as a better artist should be, of anything below your preferred standard. Don't knock it, because your expectations have gone up a few thousand notches in the process. You need this degree of self criticism to progress. Don't talk yourself out of painting.
@Nireths (149)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Thank You for your advice, it's greatly appreciated!!
@neenasatine (2842)
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
i think you just need a sort of inspiration ... that what every artist needs...INSPIRATION
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@Nireths (149)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I suppose so, now I wish I had something to inspire me.
• India
27 Feb 07
Hmm... This thing was happened with me also ! when you did anything for long period like drawing in pericular style or drawing perticular subject, you may repeated lot of things again & again, so you get tired OR In drawing and painting if you want to start painting after long period, you lost your "touch". But remember "practice" & "creativity" are different ! "Creativity" is exist in your mind, you just need something to drag your creativity and express it through any media like painting. I called it "ELKE". you need "elke". if you repeat something take a gap, if you are starting after long period just do practice, and you will find that "ELKE" ! I cant tell you how much time it will take, it is depend upon your will power.... so GOOD LUCK ! :) I can help you more by showing something, a good website for any artist -- www.deviantart.com
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@Nireths (149)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I'm a member of deviantart, thank you for your advice!
@sylvrrain (661)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I really know how you feel. I felt like I lost it and it really bothered me. I just did not have time to pull out the oil paints and canvases. Just start with something small. Set aside time to do it, just for you. Get ideas from friends and family, ask them if there is something they would like, then do it. Give yourself projects. You could even take an art class. That way you will have to do it because you have to do your homework. The important thing is to get back into it. You have not lost the talent, but you may need to practice to improve it. Good luck.
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@Nireths (149)
• United States
22 Feb 07
That's good advice, thank you, I'll do that!..
@scabo0o (13)
23 Feb 07
I experience that kind of thing all the time and its what i call artists block, just like writers block. When i get 'artists block' all i need to do is get some paints or a pencil out and just draw something, anything it doesnt matter. I also enjoy reading up about strange or not so strange painting techniques that i havent used before and just try them out on something. It really helps to build up my confidence. So when i am confident i can always seem to be creative. And if all else fails, i just simply find a piece of art that i enjoy the look of and try to re creat it. I hope i have been of some help to you James
• United States
22 Feb 07
If you are not consistent with your hobbies then you may loose it but on the other hand if you are creative then you will keep on applying your creativity somewhere. That is a good part.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
yes!...when i was younger, i love drawing!...when i got home from school, i usually get my sketch pad and draw some cartoon characters!...i was a good drawer before but now, i totaly lost it!...maybe lack of practice or maybe it's not just the perfect thing for me!...it's kinda sad but i know something is coming for me to do!..