How do you conjure creative sparks?

By Jessica Craddock

Jun 26

It's 9 o'clock in the morning. You've scheduled the next two hours solely for the purpose of making art for your next show/commission/100 day project/fill-in-the-blank, so you sit down to make something and bam! a masterpiece is born. Right? 


If not, what do you do? Do you...

  • Just sit there and stare at the canvas?
  • Move your brush around and hope something comes to you?
  • Look at other people's art?

There is no wrong answer, but when you notice something actually works (and you think it worked once or twice before), make a mental note.

The next time you are bumbling around wondering how to start, you can pull that ritual out of your imaginary toolbox and see if it works again. 

Personally, I like to have an idea before I sit down. Some things that work for me are...

  • Driving long distances. My house is 45 minutes from the grocery store - so this one happens a lot.
  • Yoga, pulling weeds or other not-too-strenuous exercise
  • Lying in bed before I fall asleep

Basically, I've noticed when I stop trying and let my brain drift off is when the good stuff comes to me. 

Since I know this about myself, I can do more of these activities more if I'm in a rut. 

What do you do when you're needing your creativity to kick into overdrive?

About the Author

I’m a mentor for intuitive visual artists to sell more work, more consistently, at higher prices — with better work/life balance. Founder @ The Artist Market Co.