It's something which happens to many people and the usual trick is to take a proper break and then get stuck into doing something related - like sketching or reading art books - which may well trigger the urge to create a painting.
However suppose the 'block' you hit was that one morning you woke up and you were totally blind.
Would you even try painting again? Could you even paint if you're blind?
Well the good news is that you can.
Take a look at these two videos. The first one is just over 4 minutes and is about the blind painter Sargy Mann. It's a BBC news 'Real Life' video interview.
The second is a much longer documentary video made by his son Peter Mann. This shows much more about how he manages to paint and tells you even more about about the inner resilience and creativity of this blind painter. I greatly admire him for looking for ways of doing working out how to paint within the constraints he's been given to work within.
Sargy Mann from Peter Mann Pictures on Vimeo.
Sargy Mann produced and directed by Peter Mann in 2006, funded by the British Documentary Foundation (BritDoc)
Shown at BritDoc 06, Melbourne International Film Festival 07, LIDF, and Voyages European Film Festival. Peter Mann's film about his father the artist Sargy Mann as he goes through the process of making a unique series of paintings, the subjects for which were the last things he ever saw, and painted after going completely blind in May 2005.You can see his paintings:
- in this Cadogan Contemporary Exhibition Catalogue on Issuu (which proved completely impossible to embed)
- or at the Sargy Mann page on the Cadogan Contemporary website
- The Guardian (2010) - Sargy Mann: the blind painter of Peckham
- Port Magazine - 10,000 Hours: Sargy Mann
- Ilaria Rosselli del Turco - A Book You Have to Have (a book review)
Then do what he does - and get back in the studio and have a go! Try drawing blindfold and see what happens....