creative blues

Recently I've been fighting some creative blues. I think part of it has to do with it being this time of year. But I think it is mostly about the pangs of growing as an artist. My drawing/painting abilities are getting better, which is a very good thing, but they aren't THERE yet. That mysterious point at which I am accomplishing what I set out to do or close to it. I don't think this would be as hard for me if I was the only one seeing my artwork, but I have books coming out and I know there are mistakes in them. Don't get me wrong. I am THRILLED about my upcoming books, and I think they are good but I could do them better now than when I was working on them half a year ago and I am sure I could do them even better a year from now, but I need to keep moving forward. I know this is something most if not all people deal with in some way (the Ira Glass video below being a good and helpful testament to this), but it is still not easy.


To fight off my creative blues I have been trying to shake things up and go about ordinary things differently. I cleared out the closet and made a reading/movie watching nook and locked myself in for awhile. I slept in the opposite direction from my normal way. And I'm changing up little things that no one but me will necessarily notice, but that I find fun and which keep my spirits up. What do you do to fight the creative blues? I could use your suggestions!