5 Powerful Tips to Overcome Artists’ Block

For lots of artists, especially the learners, experiencing blankness of the mind is not uncommon. It sometimes feels like their inner selves have become as white as their canvas, and no image pops up. This feeling gets to their hand, and it feels like nothing good can come from them, thereby resulting in a blank sheet of canvas begging to get some paint.

This situation is a perfect description of the artist’s block. If you often experience this, there’s a way out to help you fill your blank mind with colors, which will, in turn, reflect on your canvas.

Read on to find out.

1. Travel

New scenic places refresh the inner mind and make it more sensitive. As an artist, it’s unhealthy to remain for long in one spectacular location. Your spirit can quickly lose connection with your environment. In the woods, the caterpillar trying transform on a green leaf may become less captivating after a while. Also, the view of a father bird that’s grooming its young in a nest can become less inspiring, or watching an innocent baby for far too long can get you irritated by its cries instead of reminding you of how naive you once were. A common theme among these scenarios is that of desensitization.

Desensitization can induce an artist’s block in your mind—enforcing an inability to being captured by the minute details in your environment. At this point, it’s best to go out to someplace new that has something different to offer.

Traveling offers you the chance to explore several exciting stunts. Consider going on a fishing or hunting trip. Have no firearms at hand? No worries, you can quickly get a licensed hunting rifle with a local arms dealer. Guns like the Utility AR-15 Stock make hunting a lot more interesting for beginners. It comes fitted with a rubberized butt pad with little to no recoil.

2. Diffuse Inspirational Art Quotes

There are a plethora of inspirational quotes by famous artists of antiquity and contemporary artists. It brings down their struggles and makes them relatable or linkable with yours. You can begin to feel less weird about your problems and have the hope that you’re not alone, or at least that if this famous artist once faced your struggles, then maybe you’re not on the wrong path. This line of thought can help, particularly if the extent of your artist’s block starts getting you frustrated.

3. Read and Understand Famed Artists’ Books

There’s a lot to learn from those who successfully plied the same route we continuously find ourselves in, in life. And it’s no different in art. In your mind and at various stages, lots of questions come out of nothing, And you wonder out loud if that’s the inspiration you desperately seek. You continuously seek answers to puzzles like:

  • What’s my unique style
  • How do I fix my mistakes

And a boatload of remarks we can’t record here.

Too often, we forget that bright minds have answers to our questions even though they may no longer be alive to receive our thanks.

For instance, check out “Everything I know About Painting and More” by Richard Schmid. It’s a book I’ve seen many student artists use to gain a foothold in art.

4. Go to an Art Contest

Going to an art contest is an effective way to spark creativity within you. Here, you’ll be relying on the talents or expressions of others to make an impact within you. Also, you’ll get to watch other artists as you perform. This way, you can identify some fundamental skills you’ll need to develop as an artist to outperform even your favorite artists.

Art competitions comprise of a large pool of exceptional artists with unique and creative stories that can inspire others on something to paint. Art can be very influential and swayful, so do well to make your mind available for the positive impacts it can have on it.

5. Pull the Plug

Every other idea above involves action, but even while those may be helpful in some situations, other times, all you need is to cut it out. Giving your work a period of break can help you amass some energy, vibe, or chakra from your other activities. Sometimes, you don’t have to fight your mind when nothing is coming forth. It may just be its way of suggesting a break period for rest.

At this point, the difficult part is identifying which tip to deploy when you become “Artist blocked.” There’s no formula to adopting any of these tips. It’s just about you trying out any one of them.


Artists experience a block some times, and for a learner or youngster, overcoming it is always a problem due to lack of experience. This content has described extraordinary ways to beat that block and get your mind filled with ideas that you can describe on your canvas.