|How to Feel Miserable as an Artist, Keri Smith|
I am not sure if it is the short days or the stress of finals, but I have been battling the Artist Blues, as of late. All of us, creative folks suffer from the Artist Blues from time to time. You feel like the project you are currently working on will define the rest of your work for the rest of your life, and you hate this current project. You feel like a fraud, like you should just give up this pipe dream and enroll in business school. This past week, I was paralyzed by the Artist Blues. I hate a project I have been working on, and I allowed that project to determine my worth as an artist and thinker. I actually ended up crying in the middle of a critique in class. I have absolutely NEVER done this before. After crying in class, I was soo stressed out about another project, that is for a charity. I just felt like I was worthless and my work was shit. I am feeling significantly better now, thank you very much! I am actually excited to start woking on my next project and I can feel my ideas flowing again.
Today, I thought I would share my experience and offer a little something that I think will help whenever we suffer from the Artist Blues in the future. One of my favorite Artist/Bloggers, Keri Smith, offered The Artist's Survival Kit a few years back, and I thought I would share the link. It is a fun, and thought provoking group of prompts and lists and questions, that should help shift your outlook. I printed it out today, and am going to house it somewhere on my desk, so that motivation is always just a few feet away.
How do you deal with the Artist Blues? I would love to get a few ideas!