For many of us artsy folks it is very difficult to work under stressful situations. Heaven only knows we all have had a tremendous amount of stress the last 18 months or so. We all know why. This stress continues and we aren’t even sure when there will be a reprieve if ever. Although, I would hate to think that it would never come to an end.
I’m one of those who with the slightest distraction cannot make art. The problem with the covid situation added to health issues with a family member has compounded the problem. Because of this, I have postponed my annual one artist show at the gallery. At the beginning of the summer, I could tell I was drawn too many ways to even think about a flow of painting, so I called the gallery and set the date for 2022. Hopefully by then I can get some work done. I’m working on mural designs for school and am even having a block about that. Hopefully this will end.
Some of us aren’t affected this way about such things as the covid threat, changes, lockdowns, issues with work. In some artists these issues actually increase their inspiration and it is displayed in their work. They have a built-in theme for their artwork if they care to go that way. I have seen a lot of art work come out of this situation. This is awesome if you can pull it off.
In thinking about high end designers in the fashion world if they have blocks like this in their work they are in trouble. You still have to keep designing a whole season ahead and be ready for the seamstresses, photographers, and fashion shows to present that work a season ahead. High stress there. Constant pressure – one season ends and the next is already in progress. I can only imagine how a blocked designer must be pulling their hair out trying to think and create under such inhibitive circumstances.
But like I said, not everyone has this problem. Some people just keep on producing, maybe some not even recognizing the issues in their art work, but keep producing like they have been. All I can say is I am a little envious of that because I am too sensitive to every little change that comes along and it reflects in the work. Certainly not complaining, or an excuse, just a fact. I hope all of you have been able to continue with your art projects, and can still continue through these trying days.