Mon Feb 18, 02013 10:49 PM
"I haven't experienced artist's block, but I have friends who have. It's good to acknowledge it as a real problem, recognize the warning signs and know how others have worked through it. This ArtByte brings clarity to a murky issue. Thank you, Carol, for addressing it."
Tue Feb 19, 02013 1:57 AM
"Thank you very much!"
Tue Feb 19, 02013 11:36 AM
"I had a block all weekend which really bummed me because I work and count on my weekends for painting. Too bad I didn't read this Saturday morning! I could have tried some of the suggestions. I mostly gave up, did some tidying and some reading. it will come back. it always does. Still, Carol, I wish I had this then.
Thank you!!! Lavon"
Tue Feb 19, 02013 3:25 PM
"Thank you so much....it's comforting to know that others experience this kind of angst.
Makes me feel so much better. Think I will go do some painting, which I haven't done for awhile."
Tue Feb 19, 02013 3:41 PM
"I have hit my annual winter block, which may have more to do with weather than me painting. But the results are the same....feeling of being in that 'dark place where I can't paint anymore'. I do remember that it's temporary, but this has been a tough one to get through (still looking for the other end of it). Thank goodness for this very timely article- I'm so appreciative of these thoughts!"
Tue Feb 19, 02013 5:23 PM
"Thanks, Carol. This was fabulous. This is going to prompt some well-needed soul searching on my part. How nice to know that there are others who don't love every minute of painting. And very interesting to see how artist's block affects artists differently, and to hear their different solutions. Thanks so much! And thanks for making it free."
Tue Feb 19, 02013 6:15 PM
"Thank you all, this was perfect timing!"
Tue Feb 19, 02013 8:27 PM
"Thank you all SO much. I've been experiencing an extended block (2 1/2 months). I took over half that time off from painting at all and have painted only garbage since. Not feeling inspired is how I've characterized it. I've tried many of the things suggested, except one. I haven't relaxed and waited for it to pass. It might take both chocolate and wine, but I'll try to take off the pressure I'm feeling. Thank you, thank you!"
Wed Feb 20, 02013 12:10 AM
"The genuine honesty these artists share in this artbyte is a wonderful gift and I thank them all.
I have found different un-blocking methods over the years and it was encouraging to see some of them here and learn of new ones.
Carol, you are a special lady and have influenced more artists painting lives - me included - than you will ever know, and now you add a human dimension to help us even more. Bless you."
Wed Feb 20, 02013 7:36 AM
"I smiled while reading this. Is it ok to print it for my own use? Now and then I need a kick in the butt."
Wed Feb 20, 02013 9:50 AM
"Oh! Is that what it's called? I thought it was procrastination, sloth, and life getting in the way.
Crystal's humor spoke very loudly to me, and I will repeat her #6 mantra daily.
The online community of artists is one of the most satisfying aspects of my life right now, and this kind of sharing is what reminds me of all the good and generous people in that community.
Thank you for doing this Carol!
Thu Feb 21, 02013 9:46 AM
This is such a great subject for an art site to delve into. You're a pretty smart cookie! xo"
Thu Feb 21, 02013 2:49 PM
"Thank you for adding this! I love this conversation and appreciate the camaraderie in the dark place.
And, Carol, your work is so inspiring. Thank you."
Fri Feb 22, 02013 12:43 AM
"Thank you. Super helpful ideas not only for overcoming block but just in general for approaching life!"
Fri Mar 1, 02013 3:39 PM
"So much great advice, and lots of humor too! Thank you all for providing your insights."
Tue Apr 9, 02013 8:27 AM
"I had a block for twenty years! Every day I wanted to paint but couldn't do it! Talk about a tortured soul!
Anger, and the my mother's paint brushes rattled me out of it. Now there's no stopping me!"