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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Breaking Out of Your Block to Move Forward

When we talk about breaking your artist’s block, it can apply to far more than that “stuck” place when you don’t quite know how to start. I’ve been painting for most of my life, but like all other artists, I experience the classic block. It’s a vague feeling of unease, a not-knowing how to start or what to paint. It’s what drives us to find innumerable errands or tasks to keep us out of the studio and as far away from the easel as possible.

But there are other kinds of blocks as well. One kind is the “same old, same old” syndrome. I recognize it when my paintings all start to look alike. I’m not talking about the artist’s style—that’s something else entirely—but that feeling of repetition, of boring ...

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