I've had a week of painting frustrations - starting something and not being able to finish. In three years, that's hardly ever happened to me. I spend hours pouring over thousands of photographs and soon they all look the same. I've hit a block.
It's hard to imagine, in a world of images and objects that nothing inspires. I want to paint everything, but a block can take over and cause me to see nothing. More like nothing I haven't seen before. Or painted before. That's impossible. So I begin to realize it's probably the momentum I've lost. After the show in February, I got sick, my dog had surgery and I got sick again. I fell off that prolific treadmill.
So..... last night I forced myself to get out in the real world. Seek out some inspiration. I went to the High Museum, listened to a kickin' jazz band and looked at art. And people looking at art. I even took part in a drawing session in one of the galleries - a live model was doing 10 minute poses. The images you see are from that event - and I have to say, it felt great to just draw. And I think it's what I needed. To step away from the studio and the computer and get involved in something else. Hopefully I'll get right back on that treadmill and those creative juices will start flowing again. It happens.
Anyone who wants to share how they work through these blocks - please share with all of us. It's helpful, to all of us.