What is the opposite of artist’s block?
This question has been popping up in my mind a lot lately, specifically because this is where I currently am. Lately I’ve felt so inspired, by EVERYTHING. The ideas and images have been racing through my mind, and I know if I could just reach up and grab them, I could fill up more pages in my ideas notebook. Then I could just flip a coin to pick something to draw or paint.
The problem is that I’m so inspired I can’t focus on anything long enough to fully think about and develop the idea or even write it down. Everything looks like a possible Soulprint topic. I see fantastic subjects everywhere, and I want to draw them all. It’s like I want to draw the entire world, experience the entire world, all at once.
I love what I do and what I’ve already made, but I realize now I have so much I want to express through my work that I haven’t even scratched the surface yet. I have this haunting feeling I may never be sated. I may never feel like I’ve expressed enough or shown enough. I will probably always have something I want to say about who I am and what I like and how I see the world.
It’s both disheartening and exhilarating, humbling and encouraging. This need to create is bigger than I am, and it drives me to seek out new experiences, to soak in everything the world has to offer, and to gush back out how I feel about it all. This is my mission as an artist, my spirituality, my Zen.
Some might call the opposite of artist’s block simply “inspiration,” but I don’t think that quite covers it. This is a kaleidoscope of inspiration, a prismatic, almost hallucinatory love of the universe and everything in it. Maybe this is just so wondrous it can’t be explained with words.
Maybe Douglas Adams was right.