There are a couple of responses to an artist block:
1) Walk away
2) Force it
Today I am forcing it by doodling these scenes in my notebook, scenes from the house where I grew up. The other day I realized how many trivial details I can still remember of a home last visited ten years ago, and wondered how awful it would be if later on in life I'd forgotten all of them. Of course, brains will fill in any memory gaps with fabricated details, so there's no telling how removed from reality these doodles will get as time passes.
What do you do when you are low on creative ideas? There are a few options, but sometimes I will just open a notebook and start sketching random objects. Some are tedious like that mineral, and some are a little more enjoyable like the teapot. If I find a shape I like, I might be inspired to use it later. What about you?
It's better to draw from life, but sometimes I like to flip through my photo albums for appealing shapes.
I really love the shape of a gate that was at my grandparents' house (probably gone now). It wasn't until I started drawing it that I realized how poorly constructed it was! At the risk of "ruining" the simple sketch, I ended up embellishing it a bit with these birds. Why not?
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?