How to get into the Art Zone/Bucks county Artist

Many people may just think professional artists always does good work or is always (as we call it) “in the zone”. Ha! I am here to tell you that is not the case! I posted this on social media a few days ago and it really speaks truth in volumes:

in the zone
Credit: Cristiana Voinea aka Blacksmiley

So you are not alone. Here are some tips for when you aren’t in the zone or how to get into the Art Zone.

  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself  Really. Take a chill pill. You aren’t going to have productive days all the time. And that is ok. Be grateful of the productive days and give grace to yourself on days when the art isn’t flowing.
  2.  Work on something else. I used to be stubborn and not go on to another art project until what I am working on is finished. What a fool I was. It killed my creativity at times. Even if I have a deadline, I may take a break and work on something else for a bit and come back refreshed. See this? I still haven’t finished this and it has been a few months. And you know what? It is ok. I will get back to it.
How to get into the art zone- Bobbi Shaw Arts

3.  Play  Do something artsy that you don’t have to accomplish at all! Take some clay out, even crayons and get play like a child. You be surprised how that can get you in the zone.

4. Listen to music and look at some art. Get some inspiration from others. Browse some art online. Go to a museum if it helps. Sometimes just music can put me in the zone

5. Get out your sketchbook. If you use a sketchbook right, it can be a wonderful tool. A sketchbook is a place of ideas without judgement. Think of it as a personal journal, but for art 😊

6. Take a break. Sometimes the simplest answer is the most effective. We feel sometimes taking a break is wasting time, but that is not true. I have at times not take a break and things took me 10x longer. A break can refresh your mind and you can come back recharged.

What do you do that gets you into the zone. I would love to hear it in the comments.

Keep being creative,



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