Sometimes you’ll hear an artist say that they’re blocked. That’s a concocted malady and a fancy way of saying, “I’m not committed to creating right now.” That’s fine for the dilettante, not so for the pro. Imagine going to the dentist and finding out that fillings aren’t happening today.
It’s true that there are days in which the inspiration well is almost empty. When that happens, experienced artists employ coping mechanisms. Step one is just starting something. Doing, making, testing, trying are the robotic actions that can pay off.
Having some emergency inspiration squirreled away for these rare moments is wise practice. When I saw this stickered window in Nashville on my last visit there, I knew it would be perfect for putting a tiger in my tank.
One little window with so many ideas is a gift to myself.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.