At one time or another, all artists experience a drought in their creative output, whether they want to admit it or not. According to abstract artist Floy Ealy Edjole, it’s exactly at that moment when you feel the least inspired, however, that you should try even harder to unlock your artistic potential.
Floy knows from personal experience. Artist’s block happened to her on several occasions prior to her second pacemaker implant in 2014. She painted very little because she simply didn’t have the energy and was feeling frustrated with the insurance company prolonging her surgery date. That led to an overall mental and physical weakness that was hard to overcome. Then, shortly after she had this surgery, her mother became ill, leading to another extended period of artist’s block.
Based on those two painful experiences, however, Floy has come up with two ways for anyone to cope with artist’s block.
The first way to overcome artist’s block is to keep a sketchpad or blank piece of paper next to you, and then start a journal or sketch to remind yourself of the images in your head but that you couldn’t put on canvas. Some of her best paintings – “Unseen Peace,” “Passage to Peace,” “Eye of the Storm” and “Midnight” – were inspired using this method. For example, “Unseen Peace” was a way to transform her deep emotional restlessness into a piece of inspiring art.
The second way to overcome artist’s block is to undertake a process of self-examination to see why you are not feeling creative. Often, it may be the case that you are coming home after a long day of work, and feeling too physically or emotionally exhausted to even think about creating. Outside experiences can interfere with your creativity. But you have to step back and analyze the reason you are feeling uncreative. Once you’ve done a self-examination of yourself, it can bring you back to what you love most – making art.
These two concepts can be used for anyone, not only for artists. Everyone goes through life feeling stagnated or stuck in the same old routine. Sometimes you have to check your environment, step out of your comfort zone and look at what’s influencing you. Evaluate yourself and not what others are doing.
That will lead you back to your own artistic style. Recognize, however, that your art may not be for everyone. Your use of color and line may reveal things about your inner emotional or mental state that you did not know existed. But that doesn’t matter. “My art may not be for everyone’s taste but I know that it inspires many, so I will stay true to myself,” says Floy.
So be true to yourself, don’t try too hard to fit in. The only way to enjoy life is to be original in creating your own unique perspective. Be honest with yourself. For Floy Ealy Edjole, it means continuing to create what she is most passionate about – deeply inspiring works of abstract art. The main thing is to keep going, and not give up creating.