Learn to enjoy your creative lulls.

This condition was probably more commonly known by most people in the past as “Writer’s Block”, in fact when I was younger I thought that only writers experienced “blocks”, but it can affect anyone in any walk of life or pursuit. Be it your artistic, business or personal life these temporary stages can be scary.

But what if you learn to use a creative lull as a tool to overcome this condition and influence your growth.

Many people are now recognising that what was once thought of as a permanent signal that their ideas or talents have run dry are understanding that this is only a temporary situation.

The biggest danger of creative lulls is that we feed it, we feel that we have hit a brick wall so therefore we cannot produce anything anymore. This feeling stays in our thoughts to the point that we really do start to think that we are no longer able to contribute anything. Rather than dwell on these types of thoughts and feeding the condition, try to recognise the message that the lull is relaying to you.

Try to figure out why the wall is there rather than just busting through it blindly.

Sometimes a lull in our creativity might be your phycological need to stop and let your creative energy have time to replenish. Don’t think yourself a failure if you experience a lull in your creativity. It’s normal, especially in the arts field. If you have been pushing yourself on one project or area in your life it is not uncommon that sometimes you will need to recharge those creative juices. Don’t sweat it.

Other times a lull might be your creative side trying to tell you that the project you are working on is not going in the right direction. Take time to figure out where you wanted the project to end up at. Think to yourself the “project” is the boss, don’t try to force it. Sit back and reflect on your original ideas and thoughts before you started the project and by eliminating what you don’t really feel benefits it then you will be left with ideas on where it can go to from there.

Some people see a creative lull as a signal that spurs them on as if their subconscious is telling them to stop slacking off. This may scare them into being creative again and works effectively well for some. Others will take this time to reflect on where they are at and then procrastinate. If this is you then procrastination can lead you down paths that may spur on your creative juices again, be it on the internet, out socialising, or just curling up with a good book. Whatever the procrastination method that you may choose, you can use it to sow the seeds of creativity in your mind.

Take some “you” time.

Be aware of your physical self when a lull strikes you, sometimes it can be your body warning you that you have been overdoing it and neglecting yourself. Your body may be telling you to take it easy and tend to your physical needs before your health suffers.

My mother grows roses and I think of the flowering cycle of a rose bush as an analogy to my creativity. The plant will put a lot of energy into creating blooms but will lie dormant the rest of the time building up the energy to create another beautiful array of blooms.

Recognise your creative lull for what it is and what it is trying to tell you.

Rejection can cause lulls in creativity, maybe you didn’t get that job or commission, you were outbid on the property you were trying to buy, it doesn’t matter what the rejection was about it can affect all areas of your life. Learn from the rejections, ask yourself what you could have done differently and then move on. Don’t feed your emotions by dwelling on these all too often events in life. Life is full of disappointments and rejections and if you don’t learn from them then you are hobbling yourself.

Outside influences can play a huge part in dulling our creative flow. There could be many things happening in your life at that time and it’s just your creative side shutting down until you have dealt with those other things first. Take a minute to look around yourself and if there is a lot going on in your life outside of your project then use the lull as a time to focus on those other things, whether it’s family matters, legal, health, or earning money to fund your creative outlet.

Remember that sometimes the projects that you are working on may have cycles, at the start the creative juices are flowing like a raging river. You are eager to get started and to tell everyone about your project. Once you have started things tend to calm down a little and may go into a kind of steady phase, like the waters at the edge of that raging river so getting inspiration to move forward is sometimes difficult. This may not always be the case with all projects but if it does occur don’t let it play on your mind.

So, no matter your walk of life or your pursuits, remember that we all hit a lull somewhere in life, usually more than once, and recognising it for what it is and how to make it work for you can be very beneficial to both your physical and mental self. It is natural to experience these lulls, challenges, periods of indecisiveness so when it happens you will have a better understanding why and be able to move forward through them.



7 – 29 OCTOBER, 2017

Amanda Hyatt has achieved much acclaim for the innovation and excellence of her watercolours over the last 35 years. She has won many major Art Awards including Camberwell, the Kenneth Jack, the Bale and Artist of the Year at the Victorian Artists Society to name a few.

Amanda is an “alla prima” artist, painting “at first go”. She creates an impressionistic and expressive effect immediately and spontaneously. Her work portrays a sense of light and energy with a play of tones and contrasts, lights and darks and an omission of unnecessary detail.

Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition of inspirational watercolours.

Seaview Gallery

Gallery Hours 10.30am – 5.00pm daily
Closed Wednesday
86 Hesse Street, Queenscliff 3225
Phone +61 3 5258 3645

Janet Matthews Exhibition

Janet Matthews is co-exhibiting at the Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon, Victoria from October 8 through October 29, 2017.

Drawing on her recent trips to the Galapagos Islands and South America, the birds and animals she observed in those locations inspired Janet’s pencil drawings in this exhibition. It is obvious from looking at these drawings that patience is a major factor in capturing the essence of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.

Janet’s work has been described as “weaving magic” with a pencil. 

Janet shares the spotlight with Darren Gilbert who is also passionate about and captivated by creatures and the environment in this world.

Hummingbird – Ok lets Share, 22x22cm, Colour Pencil
Hummingbirds – Its Nectar Time, 24x30cm, Colour Pencil

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Landscapes added to Paul’s Art Class

Paul McDonald Smith has added landscapes to the topics covered in his art workshop he is tutoring for us in April.

Paul’s workshop will now cover portraits, still-life, and landscapes in oils.

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Adventures in Acrylics Art Workshop

With Chris Postle

Chris has been a progressing full-time professional artist for 27 years. Inspired mainly by nature and covering a number of interesting subjects with portraiture and life drawing a recent addition to his repertoire.

You will be using exciting colour combinations, taking reference from nature and life and applying our own little twists to some impressionist landscapes, animal studies, and caricatures.

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Margaret Hastie’s botanical art workshop

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of botanical drawing and progress to painting in watercolour.  Initially, the focus will be on accuracy and observation in order to train the eye to see what is there, not what the mind thinks is there.

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Make your colours sing.

with the Birds and the Bees 

Leonie Norton is a professional botanical artist, author, and international educator with twenty years of teaching experience. She is held in high regard as one of Australia’s most prominent and highly qualified botanical artists.

Three Lines, Three Tones, Three Colours

Vibrant Landscapes, Streetscapes & Marinescapes in Oils

In this workshop, we will learn the basic steps that will assist you in the making of a good painting. Our painting will be alla prima [wet into wet] and we will start with three simple, important lines that will be the backbone of the initial drawing.

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Mark your calendar!

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 visual art workshops will be on the following dates.

April 13th to April 17th, 2019

This is all the information we currently have. No tutors have been contracted as yet, as soon as we have more information for 2019 we will announce it on this website.

Please Note that the start day is a Saturday, whereas normally we start on a Sunday, this is because of the Easter Holidays starting on April 19th, 2019. This will give students of the workshops who travel from afar enough time to be home for Easter.

Paul McDonald Smith – Oils Visual Art Workshop

Students of any level will be inspired by the challenges of these exciting subjects and will love the relaxed and happy atmosphere that Paul’s classes are known for, enjoying regular demonstrations by the tutor each day.

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Adventures in Acrylics

Visual Art Workshop Tutored by Chris Postle.

The focus of this workshop will be mainly acrylic painting techniques using texture, design and colour with some mixed media (charcoal, pastel etc.).

Chris has been a progressing full-time professional artist for 27 years. His passion for painting and creating has opened numerous doors rewarding him with many achievements within the industry including owning and operating successfully a number of art galleries and also receiving multiple awards within Australia.

Art in Australia – Art Journal comes to life at the National Library of Australia

The impressive early twentieth-century art magazine

Art in Australia has been made permanently available online through Trove as a result of a joint project between the University of Wollongong Library, the University of New South Wales Library and the National Library of Australia. It is the first time that the full publication has been made freely available online in high resolution.

Art in Australia Issue 1 cover

Art in Australia will appeal to followers of early twentieth-century art and the wonderful aesthetics of those years. It contains articles by or about significant Australian artists. Norman Lindsay and Margaret Preston contributed articles as well as featured in issues. Their works are often displayed as exquisite high-quality plates.

Pen drawing by Norman Lindsay

The advertisements in Art in Australia are artworks in themselves, reflecting the superior quality of the publication and the aspirations and lifestyles of its readers.

An example of the quality of artwork in the advertisements of the publication

Art in Australia is a major resource for Australian art history. It promoted modern ideas at a time when Australia was experiencing significant societal shifts in the aftermath of the First World War. The period saw the adoption of new technologies such as electricity and motor cars.

Modern trends and technology was promoted

Art in Australia offers a unique, historical aspect into both Australian art and artists and the development of prominent art collections in Australia. It placed special value in female artists and embodied a recognition of Indigenous art beyond its anthropological value.

The Japanese Screen by Florence Rodway. Pastels

Launched in 1916 by artist and publisher Sydney Ure Smith (1887-1949), this pioneering publication was modelled on high-quality European art publications such as The Studio and sought to nurture a national tradition in Australian art and design. These sentiments are evident in his editorials, which demonstrate his deep commitment to advocacy for Australian art and artists. In his introduction to the third issue in 1917, he wrote: “It is our desire to extend the appreciation of Australian Art and help to remove the disadvantage for which it still suffers by reason of the failure of Australians to recognise its merit adequately”.

Sydney Ure Smith photographed by Max Dupain in 1948

The collaborating libraries were pleased to give this historic and beautiful Australian art publication a ‘second life’ through the collaborative digitisation program. The free and openly available online format enables everyone—researchers, students, and the whole community—to enjoy the benefits.

The Crevice by Julian Rossi Ashton

Honeyeaters and Flowering Gums

Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.

Janet will show students the techniques needed to fully explore colour pencil and graphite.  The subject of this workshop will be Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum.  Each student will design their own artwork for completion, giving each student the chance to be simple or complex in their design.

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