"Gazing at beautiful things acts on my soul." Michelangelo.

Málaga mural

Since our return from Spain, I have been in a bit of a slump. I have many projects waiting to be completed. I should try to finish what I started but I begin new projects, never satisfied with anything that I make.

It’s at times like this that I think of the determination to succeed, the dedication to art, and yes, the talent of other artists.  I think also of the art that I admired in a little shop in Málaga, just around the corner from the Picasso Museum. Of course, no one was allowed to take photos in the museums we visited.

I asked the shop owner if I could photograph the pieces for sale on the shelves. I explained that it was for publishing on my blog. She graciously allowed me to wander around the shop and take all the photographs below (and more).

I have emailed another artist whose work I loved because it gave me ideas for my papier mâché creations. I have not yet received a reply. Without his permission, I do not feel comfortable posting the photos I took even though I was allowed to photograph in the shop.

artisan work in Málaga - ceramics
ceramics in Málaga shop
ceramics in Málaga art shop
ceramics in Málaga shop
ceramics in Málaga shop
artist/contributors to Málaga ceramics shop

I am not too concerned just yet that I don’t feel the urge to paint.

Just “gazing” at other people’s work, whether it be the paintings of my Facebook or Instagram friends, will eventually get me in the right mood to start painting again soon.

What do you do to start creating again? How do you move out of a creative slump?

2 Responses

  • Thanks for sharing these photos Louise, i would have found it hard to keep my purse in my bag, such amazing work. I think we all go through “slump” stages, and I certainly don’t produce as much work as you normally do. To create, you do have to be in the moment, and have nothing else in your life that gets in the way. For me, particularly as I am wanting to get to work on a rose, I have let the man of the house know that tomorrow is going to be ‘my day’ otherwise that expected painting will sit there for another week….


    • Thanks Sally for letting me know that I am not the only one! At least you have a focus in your work and making such beautiful works that will grace your walls or the walls of another home. I feel like everything I do is practise to get me somewhere but I don’t exactly know where I am going with this. And I am all over the map. I suppose I just have to give it more time, as another friend told me. Once again, I appreciate that you took the time to leave me a comment. I never know who is reading what I write…but the writing is therapeutic, so I continue.

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