Hey, where’d the magic go?

“I found at the beginning of the pandemic that I had the most productive period I have had in years. Now, nothing. I am not sure what is going on.” This quote from a recent Painter’s Key article resonates very strongly with me. I completed 25 works — some I even like! — between March and August. Since then, one.

I know others have experienced a similar spurt, then nothing. Why?!

This article offers an explanation and some suggestions to ease the drought. Movement is key! I’m going for a walk to think about it.

MOOve! [Pèse s’a suce,ma tante. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in., Yvonne Callaway.


  1. Droughts are so discouraging. Every time i figure I’m done. There’s nothing left. And then creativity strikes again. Play. Pick up with no intent and play. Even when it looks hopeless I keep going, figuring it’s nothing now so it doesn’t matter what I do to it … I wonder what would happen if I add this …. and suddenly it starts to workl … or not. On to the next piece.


  2. I have the same problem. I believe it’s because nothing much is happening and I get my inspiration from all the activity of life. Also, my walls are full!!!


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