Long hours of practicing can be exhausting. Your creativity isn’t unlimited! Sometimes it can run out, and more practice in this situation won’t help. What do you do when there is no creativity left or when you lack inspiration?
Going for a walk or resting won’t help in this situation. You will clear your head, but it won’t feed your creativity. It will work only as a distraction, and when you return to work you will encounter the same issue. Then what do you do instead?
For an artist or designer, creativity is the fuel that helps generate more ideas and break boundaries. It is normal that, at some point, your ideas will lose their brightness and it will become harder to generate new ones.
At this moment, it is important to remember that this can happen to anyone. This is a signal that it is time to feed the knowledge of your inner genius.
You can do that by going to an exposition, but if you don’t have the opportunity to do that, there are always plenty of movies to watch, books to read, or podcasts to listen to. Let yourself get inspired by someone or something.
“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light, and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”Jim Jarmusch
Here I have listed everything that recently helped me to feed my creativity and gain new perspectives.
My top four for this month.
Inside the Painter’s Studio by Joe Fig
It’s a collection of interviews with painters about each of their studio practices in a very practical way. What is their average day like? What materials do they use? Do they use unusual tools and why?
How to use graphic design… by Michael Bierut
Full of many entertaining stories about the work of an American graphic designer who worked with NASA, Princeton University, Saks Fifth Avenue, The New York Times, MAD (Museum of Art and Design), Billboard, and others. The book contains work process examples, final work, and a personal view on graphic design.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
This book is here for you! Full of interesting and witty ideas to boost you. As the author said: ” Feel free to take what you can use, and leave the rest.”.
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
Simple approaches to problems. It’s not complicated if you truly love and enjoy your work and if there are any issues don’t worry they are here to teach not to ruin.
HAM exhibition Dance! Movement in the Visual Arts 1880–2020. Dance is a reflection of many emotions. This exhibition has gathered the works of different artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Louise Bourgeois, Hari Larjosto, Anna Estarriola, Eino Ruutsalo, Sam Vanni, and others.
Kamp Galleria exhibition ZAZIZE by Zanele Muholi. The themes of ZAZIZE are racism, exoticism, politics regarding sexuality, and discussion of hate crimes.
At Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas) you will be able to view several interesting exhibitions like Konu Pesonen & Rosa Liksom: Graf. 1, Matti Sääski: Tarkoituksellisuudesta, Kattaus 2, Taiteen Tähden – För Konsten -Juhlanäyttely and others.
Finnish Museum of Theater has two exhibitions – Pictorialism – the Dawn of Photographic Art is the first large-scale exhibition of Finnish pictorialism. Impression Remains shows the creative possibilities of darkroom art.
Movies and series
Genius – Picasso
A fascinating and provoking story about one of the world’s greatest artists. This series brings the viewer closer to the life journey of Pablo Picasso by showing his passion, fears, interests, and sacrifices and how they brought him viewers’ acknowledgment. Genius: Picasso – Trailer | National Geographic – YouTube
Abstract: The Art of Design
Each episode introduces one of the 21st-century artists or designers and their work. Platon, Neri Oxman, Olafur Eliasson, Christoph Niemann, Tinker Linn Hatfield, Jr, Ruth E. Carter and others. Abstract: The Art of Design | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix – YouTube Abstract: The Art of Design | Season 2 Trailer | Netflix – YouTube
The life story of an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement Jackson Pollock. Pollock (2000) Trailer – YouTube
And others Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015), Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018), Basquiat (1996).
Design thinking 101 – hosed by Dawan Stanford. Listeners will get insights on how to deliver results with design thinking in business, social innovation, education, design, government, healthcare, and other fields.
Blamo! – Jeremy Kirkland together with his guests explore the world of fashion.