I've been in and out of a funk for a while. The creative block monster raised it's ugly head and stopped me dead in my tracks. I started out confidently in step one. Struggling I made it to step two. I was fighting that painting all the way. I couldn't get the colors right. Nothing was working. After days and days of frustration, I finally gave up. Step three I covered up the canvas. I really felt like running a brush through it and smashing it against the concrete. I didn't go back to it for over a month. I couldn't. Every time I walked into my studio I felt the frustration coming back. I tried to draw to bring myself out of this dark desert of despair. Drawing was even harder. I tried to get going, but the monster was there, taunting me. It would tell me that I was no artist. Why would I want to keep wasting my time on painting? I'd never sell anything. I wasn't good enough. All this junk running through my head. In January my granddaughter, Jody and her boyfriend came to visit from Pennsylvania. Jody, her boyfriend and I were talking one afternoon about art and the . Her boyfriend suggested that I read The Artist's Way. He said it explained how to get out of a creative block. They stayed for about a week. After they left for Pennsylvania, I purchased the book. I started reading soon after I purchased it. I couldn't put it down. I read the first chapter and it told of doing morning pages. Morning pages are kind of a structured way of journalling. I started journalling the next morning. I kept reading. Discovering a little more with each chapter. When I had completed reading the book, I went back to each chapter, reread them and picked out some of the tasks associated with each chapter. There are 12 chapters, each one another step to "recovery." As of now, I'm on Chapter 4. I'll continue each of the 12 chapters , one each week. Finally, with the help of The Artist's Way, I made it to Step four, I finished this painting. I was feeling so good I painted another one in the same week. Since finishing those two paintings and journalling every morning, I've regained some self confidence, rid my brain of a lot of junk, sketched out five studies for new paintings and finished one gouache study, If you're having trouble with a block, you don't have to be an artist or any kind of creative type, try The Artist's Way. It may be a little tough in the beginning to start the morning pages, but stick with them you'll be amazed at what you learn.