The Pastel Journal

Reignite Your Creativity

As beginning artists, we often struggle with drawing, values, color temperature and edges, but after many hours of practice, our skills and understanding improve. Unfortunately, that’s when a new frustration may set in: Our work seems competent but boring. We envy our peers who seem to have a boundless wellspring of creativity while we’re slaves to the literal, unable to break free from the subject before us. Many artists think, “You’ve either got it, or you don’t. Creativity can’t be taught.”

I dispute that. Of course, not everyone will develop a paradigm-shifting

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