One Sneaky Way To Turn Artistic Uninspiration Into A Feature, Rather Than A Bug

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Every artist tends to experience uninspiration differently. For me, I sometimes tend to go through phases where – sometimes for as long as a week or two – I have virtually no ideas, enthusiasm or inspiration when it comes to making art. But, regardless of how it happens for you, every artist feels uninspired every now and then.

Nonetheless, I usually try to post some art here every day when I’m going through one of these uninspired phases (since I’m worried that I’ll lose interest in art altogether if I don’t). The paintings I post during one of these phases are usually of a much lower quality than the paintings I normally post – but, the important thing for me is to actually make something, regardless of quality.

Still, during one of my recent uninspired times, I accidentally ended up doing something which might be useful to you when it comes to disguising the fact that you’re feeling uninspired. I accidentally created an art series. Here are some of the paintings and drawings from it:

"Synth" By C. A. Brown

“Synth” By C. A. Brown

"The Unfinished Palace" By C. A. Brown

“The Unfinished Palace” By C. A. Brown

"Still Life Of A Memory" By C. A. Brown

“Still Life Of A Memory” By C. A. Brown

"Cinema Cyberpunk" By C. A. Brown

“Cinema Cyberpunk” By C. A. Brown

As you can probably tell, all of these paintings and drawings have dark backgrounds and most of them use bold, striking colours. They look a bit like something from the 1980s or 1990s and they work surprisingly well as a collection of images. This was, at first at least, completely unintentional.

For me, at least, backgrounds can sometimes be one of the most difficult parts of a painting to make. So, since I was feeling uninspired, they were pretty much the first thing to go. If I only have the enthusiasm and energy to make part of a picture, then I’ll usually either just paint the foreground or just paint the background (eg: a generic landscape painting). This time, I focused on the the foreground.

However, to me at least, a plain white background just makes my paintings look unfinished and it also distracts slightly from the foreground too. So, in accordance with my own aesthetic tastes, I just filled the background with black paint. In other words, the backgrounds of these paintings all took about two minutes to make and required very little creative thought.

However, this also had the effect of emphasising any colours in the foreground and making them look a lot bolder than they actually are. This actually improved these paintings significantly – with very little effort on my part.

But, more than this, it also meant that a group of seemingly different paintings all had a rather consistent “look” to them. Without intending to, I’d created an art series.

If you’ve been painting or drawing for a while, you’ve probably got your own personal set of artistic “shortcuts” that you use when you’re feeling uninspired or if you have to make some art in a hurry. Some people find still life pictures to be one of the easiest things to paint or draw. Some people find simple line drawings to be the easiest type of art to make. Some people like to sketch something digitally.

Whatever it is, if you make the easiest type of art you can when you’re feeling uninspired, then you will end up with a group of pictures that have a consistent appearance. In other words, you will have produced an art series. You will have produced an art series when you were feeling uninspired.

So, yes, this is how to turn uninspiration from being an annoyance into being what looks like a clever creative decision.


Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂

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