Q: Do you always need to feel inspired to create?

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The Artist Diaries

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated recently when it comes to painting.

To be completely honest, I just feel like I can’t be bothered. I feel lethargic and ‘heavy’ when I think about it, like it’s too much effort for so little in return (meaning either an unfinished painting or worse — a painting I dislike).

Lying in bed last night I remembered several conversations I’ve had over the past couple of years about the nature of motivation and inspiration, and how our feelings aren’t actually the most reliable gauge in terms of whether or not we should do something.

Feeling lethargic and unmotivated doesn’t have to stop me from being creative. In fact, no feeling has the power to prevent me from doing anything without my complicity.

I can complain of feeling horribly uninspired and still put paint on a canvas. I can feel moody and bored and still doodle on a…

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2 comments on “Q: Do you always need to feel inspired to create?

  1. Zoe says:

    well, somehow i think that everything inspires us to create, no matter if it s a feeling of being heavy or happy

  2. louis11725 says:

    Maybe just put down the art tools for a short time. We all need time to regenerate.
    If this is your livelihood, whether freelance or not, dig deep and you will find the energy to create.
    Maybe you can reinvent what you can. Hang in there.

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