Oil on Canvas Panel
7 x 5 in/17.8 x 12.7 cm
Copyright Byrne Smith 2015
Some signs of a painting "slump" are:
- when you don't know what to paint
- when you can't find any subject to paint that interests you
- when you can't settle down in your studio or anywhere and paint; that is, wasting time doing anything else but painting
- when you have more trouble than usual using your chosen medium
- when you become discouraged
I'm sure there are other signs, but those are enough to know something's not right, but what to do?
1. Realize you're about to be in a slump or admit you already are (see all above).
2. Go for a long walk.
3. When you return, go to your studio and choose a different medium to paint with or go online or to an art supply store and buy a starter set of that medium.
4. On canvas, board, or paper, begin a painting of something--anything, it really doesn't matter--with the new medium; this can be anything you see, have a photo of, or imagine.
5. Complete that painting and immediately find the next one to paint.
6. Continue no. 5 until you no longer experience any sign of a painting slump.
Works for me and it should work for others, too.