In 2010 a series of survey questions were posted on my blog as a means of ‘taking the pulse’ of the online art community. More than 40 questions were posed and the results of the survey were presented as sidebars in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. The survey tapped into a range of issues, both practical and psychological, related to being an artist today.
Today's questions and original survey results from The Pulse of Mixed Media:
Have you ever experienced an artist block (and if so, how have you dealt with it)?
Do you worry about running out of ideas?
Not an issue at all…58%
Sometimes crosses my mind…32%
It is a constant fear…10%
And a taste of what our panel members had to say:
Lisa Engelbrecht: "Doubts will come in when this happens - I'm not really an artist, am I?"
Sue Pelletier: "I have experienced artist block, usually when I am creating something for someone other than myself."
Veronica Funk: "I felt absolute exhaustion with how difficult it could be to heed to the desires of the art world."
Jen Worden: "I am here to tell you, unfortunately, that you can run out of ideas."
Claudia Roulier: "Usually my problem isn't having too few ideas but trying to find the very best one."