3 Tips to Bust Out of a Rut

Sometimes you just need to create. It doesn’t matter what it is or even whether you’re creating with your usual medium. Thus writing about your painting, for instance, may truly be the best cure for your creative block. By trying your hand at a new medium, you’re expanding your creative income—and staying one step ahead of the block.

Exercises to try

•Photo bug Carry a digital camera with you on whatever weekend tasks you’ve planned—whether you’re going to visit a friend, babysitting a neighbor’s dog or spending the day at home.

•Sketching out Take a sketchbook on a morning walk and find a comfortable place to sit. Sketch something that catches your eye, but don’t spend more than 15 minutes on it.

•Paint job Copy and enlarge a photograph you’ve taken. Trace or transfer the main lines of the image onto canvas or watercolor paper. Paint the image using a set of watercolors or acrylics or any paints you have on hand.

Mark Lague is an oil and watercolor artist, workshop instructor and former animation designer. He’s had solo exhibits in Canada and looks forward to his first solo American exhibit this year. He’s won many awards including the Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America (2002). His art has appeared in various magazines and in the Splash watercolor book series. He lives on the West Island in Montreal, Canada.

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