I spend a lot of time online looking at images or art and design. I tell myself it’s for the purpose of inspiration, and it helps to keep me working. But does it though? Sometimes I immerse myself in finding images. Hours go by and I have produced nothing. I’ve merely been hunting, collecting and sorting art, not making it. The next part of the process is that my inner critic starts berating me: “You’re a phony! You call yourself an artist but all you are doing is endlessly scrolling, clicking, posting. You produce nothing!” That guy is such an asshole.
One day I decided to answer, “So what?” Maybe the hunting and curating and organizing is kind of the point for me… Read more
Do you have an inner art critic? How do you go about silencing him/her/them?
Julia Cameron, who wrote the definitive book on maintaining creativity, “The Artist’s Way,” calls the inner art critic “the Censor,” and suggests visualizing him in a funny way to take away his power. The point is that the inner critic does not speak “truth,” instead he just blathers on and on with useless criticism. I like to picture Anton Ego, the food critic from Ratatouille:
Lately I’ve been having a creative block. But not just the normal, “I don’t know what to work on” block. This one has been more existential. In the past few years I have been reading (and practicing) the work of Eckhart Tolle, and I often think about how his philosophy relates to being an artist. Read more