by Barry Dougherty
And what have you been doing these past few weeks as an artist in quarantine? Finally, cleaning out the attic? Finding new and inventive ways to keep it together during isolation has become our new normal. But quarantine for artists offers an opportunity to broaden their already boundless scope of creativity.
While many artists tend to work in isolation by trade, being forced to do so could add unnecessary stress that can inhibit their creative flow. Ironically, artists now more than ever, are called upon to share their talents on a global scale.
They are part of the creative team that the world now needs to look toward more than ever to help fill the void that’s opened because people can’t get out and about the way they’re used to. Citizens in every country are thirsty for diversions–and artists, along with their works, can help quench it.
Because the pressure is on (in spite of you possibly not realizing that) it’s important that artists maintain their wits about them during their own isolation. Just so you don’t feel trapped we’d like to offer our quarantine tips to help keep you motivated within your world of isolation:
1. Find inspiration outside
You can safe-distance yourself into quiet reflection by walking in a park, along a river or lake, a quiet street–any destination that finds you safely apart from others. Become inspired by the outdoors. The change in scenery can clear a few cobwebs that may have crept into your head while inside. You may even consider a little plein air painting while you’re out there. Don’t let isolation rob you of the opportunity to experience nature and landscapes that can be found just outside your front door. Think what would be lost if Monet never ventured outside.
2. Try new techniques
Use this opportunity to mix up your mediums. Take a leap and discover new and different ways to create your art. This is the time to dip your brush into those watercolors you’ve been thinking about exploring or find ways to add texture to your images. Let a jigsaw puzzle inspire you to create a mosaic image. If you can’t get to your studio housing the giant canvases you normally work on, take this time to create pieces on a smaller scale or perhaps experiment with digital art or photography. You’d be surprised how your personal artistic signature still shines through multiple mediums.
3. Paint your isolation story