creative flow

I’ve been trying and trying to keep my creativity flowing, even on days when I have no original ideas what so ever.

I know that one day away from my art can quickly turn into two weeks, so one thing I’ve been trying is this little exercise- find a snippet of someone’s work that you admire, and copy it.

No pressure and no big deal if it doesn’t turn out quite right, but there’s a lot of opportunity for learning new ways to do things. Here are some recent copies I’ve done:

Zwerger PoppiesLisbeth Zwerger poppies

Blackall PeopleSophie Blackall people

Muth Watercolor KidsJon Muth’s watercolor characters

What other ideas are out there for keeping up your creative flow?



  1. This works for me: 1.) Exercise. Walking is great. More strenuous exercise puts me in touch with my emotions too…weird. 2.) Do a menial task that you don’t want to do. My mind rebels with an anything-but-this, let’s-try-this-crazy-thing-instead! reaction. Is copying art like doing a cover song, the same, but in a different voice?

  2. walking is great for me too. I work through blocks that way. And I’ve heard that lots of people have creative breakthroughs while doing menial tasks- while driving or in the shower- those times that your mind can wander in a certain way.

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