I am feeling demotivated to create anything

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I have been feeling very demotivated to create anything. When I see lots of artists creating things, I feel like I am doing nothing. I am left far behind. I am not making any progress. I feel like so many artists are creating lots of art I am not making any change with my art. My art does not worth anything. Have you ever felt this? How did you came out of this?

This is very sad feeling. Sometimes I just don’t know what should I do. I am having my periods, too. May be that’s why I am overthinking. I don’t know. But from last two weeks I was not feeling like writing anything. Meanwhile I tried painting. I was learning how to draw trees. I will be coming up with the landscape painting video this month or next month. I have been painting flowers for so long and now I want to change the subject. I want to learn to draw landscapes. If you know any tutorials or videos that can help, please let me know.

Today I made a bookmark from the wasted gift wrapping paper. I was wrapping one painting order and I had to re-wrap it but I was not able to use the same paper because the thank you sticker was so hard to pull off. So I decided to make a bookmark from it. I have recorded a video of it, too.

diy bookmark

Thank you so much for reading!

15 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your feelings about being demotivated, Heli. I’ve felt that way a whole lot of times. In fact, I think I’m feeling a little of that now. I haven’t painted anything new in weeks. It’s like with the whole blogging demotivation thing I had going on; felt like no one was reading it and not feeling the support…
    I think that this will pass, Heli. You’re a great artist and help brighten the web with your blog here and with your paintings. πŸ™‚ It may take a little time, but you will come out of this soon and will be back to feeling motivated and painting once more. Keep up the great work!!

    1. Thank you so much Mike for reading my thoughts. I hope to come out of this very soon. And I think I need to start paint with my watercolors to come out of this.

      1. You are welcome, Heli. I think that we all (writers, artists, craft people, etc.) go through a period where we can’t get the motivation to do what we love to do. And no matter what we try, none of it comes out right. But after a time, we’ll get that burst of inspiration and before you know it, we’re back into our craft.
        The best thing to do is to not force it. It will come back to you naturally. It does for me and is such a satisfying feeling to know that I still got it!
        Hang in there, Heli!
        And yes! Watercolor painting sounds like an excellent way to start. πŸ™‚

        1. This is very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Hello, what you are feeling is quite normal. We all go through such periods. I think these unproductive sessions are necessary to come back to art with different eyes. At any rate, I have been blogging and painting since 2015 and it is easier now because I can always find old posts to publish again when I don’t feel like writing or I can rewrite them completely. I now have lots of material. But when I was starting out, I had many more such moments. Be kind to yourself! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I want to keep creating everyday but it is not as easy at it seems. Tomorrow I am thinking to start painting anything to get out of this phase.

  3. I often have the same feeling! It’s discouraging when it seems like your art isn’t progressing or getting better. When I feel that way, I have to remind myself to stop comparing myself so much to other artists. Something that helps me is taking an old drawing or other piece of art and recreating it; then I can see how much my art actually HAS changed/improved. πŸ™‚ I also like to do drawing studies from reference photos or life, focusing only on trying to draw what I see instead of trying to think of a picture in my head and then struggling to put it down on paper.

    Sometimes it also helps to step back from your normal creative activities and do something completely different or unrelated…that might change your perspective of things just enough to get out of a creative rut. I think it’s important to not force yourself to make art when you’re not in the right frame of mind to do it. Hang in there! <3

    If you're looking for ideas for landscape painting, I've been watching a SkillShare class that has 30 different watercolor landscapes tutorials that are pretty easy to follow: https://skl.sh/2PbhcCP
    You have to make an account on the site, but I think you can try the premium features for free for a month or two πŸ™‚ There are a ton of other tutorials on other creative subjects too, so it might be worth checking out! On Youtube, I also like looking at the works of James Gurney (https://www.youtube.com/user/gurneyjourney) and Shibasaki (https://www.youtube.com/c/WatercolorbyShibasaki/).

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Recreating old paintings is a good idea. Yesterday night after posting this blog, I painted a simple painting which I will share in my next blog which helped me a lot.

      Thank you so so much for your support and sharing your thoughts by spending your valuable time. This means a lot to me.

      Oh and thanks for sharing tutorial links, I will look into them later today. πŸ™‚

  4. You are very welcome. As I tell you this, I am also reminding myself not to be discouraged. To be honest, the area that I really struggle in that’s similar to this is my reading. I often get discouraged when I see my friends reading so many more books than me and reading them so quickly. I know that it shouldn’t bother me, but it does because I love to read and I read all of the time. I’m just not a speed reader, like some of my friends are. I like to take my time and enjoy my books.
    Anyway, a little off topic here, but the point I’m trying to make is that it is okay, Heli. You are okay. πŸ™‚ I think what you’re feeling right now is just a part of your creative process. It is your rekindling time; your time to retool and refine your skills as an artist. Like how a writer will write several rough drafts that he/she will never publish but will still use in their final draft, or a musician playing several warm up tunes that may never be heard in the final piece but is still used to help him/her compose; it is part of the creative process. I hope that this helps! You’re on the right path! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I feel the same for reading the books. Before 1-2 years I was able to read a lot. And now I can’t because of other stuff I have to do. I try to spend at least half an hour everyday to read.

  5. Hi Heli. Hey, I found a really interesting video on YouTube about painting. These two art professors talk about the difference between oil and acrylic paint. It’s really interesting! Check out the link below:

    https://youtu.be/pzSGdNdrfSA

    Very well done and very professional.

    1. I will watch it for sure. Thank you so much Mike for sharing the video πŸ™‚

      1. You’re welcome, Heli! Yeah, I just found this this morning and found it to be really interesting. I’ve never painted with oil paint, but it sounds like a lot more work than other paints, especially when it comes to clean up.
        They also did a video on canvases, which I’m watching now.

        1. I am watching the video you shared and it is really amazing. Thank you so much. I subcribed to their channel.

          1. Mike says:

            You are so welcome. Yes, I did too. I look forward to seeing what else they discuss that’s art related. πŸ™‚

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