Here we go again. I've been looking at so much art recently, I think I have been suffering from art overload. I haven't been able to do a great deal in the way of painting because I get to a stage where my imagination seems to let me down. It's either my imagination letting me down or my motivation, I'm not sure which.
I don't know how others cope with this condition, but I tend to just go over my old work and try to re-ignite a spark of inspiration. I don't ever recall reading whether any of the old masters had artistic blocks. I wonder if it's a modern condition caused by being exposed to so much art.
It must have been a wonderful experience for the early artists of 40,000 years ago. Whatever they created would have been totally new and not seen before. They would have been true creators, creating images and symbols for the very first time ever without having absolutely no terms of reference except for that which they were able to hold in their visual memory. Back then, only very small advances in artistic technique were made. 10, 20, 30,000 years and the only advance may have been from making irregular lines on a damp cave wall with the finger tips, to, drawing an animal outline with some charcoal. Fascinating.
An exciting colour combination or style of drawing or painting can be seen on the internet today, and tomorrow thousands of idea hungry artists all over the world are copying and modifying that idea to introduce into their own work. I think this is why it is so difficult to be original today, we are exposed to so much and virtually everything has been done before.
That's my theory anyway. For now, that is. It'll be something else tomorrow. I guess I'll just have to make do with not being totally original every time.