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Overcoming Artist’s Block while watching your soap operas

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Artist's paint and brushYou look forward to watching such long-time running shows as ‘Days of our Lives’ and ‘General Hospital,' but why just sit there and watch your stories when you could possibly start a story of your very own by overcoming artist's block?

There are scores of sweepstakes and contests out there that you can enter and actively work on while you sit in front of the TV. Here's a fun one. It's an exciting new contest that ends on March 29th that gives you the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000! All you have to do is re-create the classic yellow diamond-shaped baby on board sign that found its way onto the cars of the 80s and that launched a huge fad. You can use any medium possible to make your sign. Showcase your computer skills by using Photoshop. Or do something hands-on that involves crotchet, woodworking, clay, paint and canvas or quilting. You have many options to choose from!

But sometimes the creative juices don’t flow as readily as we would like them to. This article will examine ways in which you can overcome your blank slate, and prepare some stunning art based from the foundation of a good idea.

Facing artist’s block

Whether we are experienced artists, or novices looking to start a new creative hobby, getting artist’s block can happen to anyone. This is a condition in which the artist has run dry on ideas or inspiration to create art. In an article published by ArtPromotivate the author suggests some ways to overcome this wall of a mental block:

· Take a look at your culture.
· Create from childhood experiences
· Use an artist’s sketchbook

Culture is a great way to find inspiration, as various cultures view common things differently. For example, death and funerals have shockingly strong differences depending on the comparative cultures. In Madagascar people will dig up their dead relatives on their birthday and dance with them as a sign of respect. This is a far cry from the conservative way people treat the dead in Western cultures. Notable artists who created work inspired from their culture and the subject of death include Frida Kahla and Francis Bacon.

Childhood experiences also offer a great tunnel for creative discovery. Think about your fondest memories, where you grew up and your worse nightmares. Create art from a personal experience, and experiment with color and texture as a way to convey feelings. One famous artist who created from childhood memories was surrealist Paul Delvaux (though his work is rather grim).

By keeping an artist’s sketchbook, you can later use it to brainstorm. If anything strikes you, no matter how insignificant it may seem, take a few minutes to sketch it, or write a paragraph about it. When you amass a collection of such insights, you can return to them to reveal a bigger picture that would normally go missed. Salvador Dali used an artist’s sketchbook, as did Michelangelo.

Be yourself

Never try to mimic art. Always be true to your style(s) and your own experiences and the raw reality of your efforts will shine through. When you are watching your soaps, grab your sketchbook, and see what strikes your artist’s chord!

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