Inspiration (literally meaning “to breathe into”) refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour – Wikipedia (of course).
But where do we find it, and what can we do to facilitate it?
From my point of view, there is nothing more satisfying than being completely absorbed in painting something beautiful and watching my own little colourful world come to life on a previously blank canvas. Having said that, creative inspiration is magical when I have it, and frustrating as can be when I don’t. As a part time artist, I have committed myself to spending as much time as I possibly can in pursuit of my work. But sometimes, when I get in from the day job it can be a struggle to switch into ‘arty mode’ and force myself to paint. No matter how hard I remind myself that I HAVE to stay focused and I HAVE to paint if I want to make my dream a full time reality, sometimes a stern word is just not enough. I need inspiration. So here’s a few things that I do when I’m having one of those days where I want to throw my paint brush across the room whilst a little voice in my head tells me I’m rubbish (believe me, I am positive that I am not the only artist who experiences these insecurities…)
1) One of the most important things for me is just to be outside, and I am very easily pleased by the sky. As simple as it sounds, I have always been transfixed and inspired by just how beautiful it can be. And if you really think about it, how often can you see the same sky twice? To me, it’s almost like a painting, but one that the artist is forever working on. It’s continually changing. New clouds are continuously shifting and dancing across it, with different bursts of colour and streaks of light every day as it turns from morning to night. It is one of my greatest inspirations, and one of the most beautiful things the world has to offer an artist.
2) Inextricably linked to my need to be outside for inspiration, is my need to explore new places. I spent a year travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Bali, and whilst this was the most inspiring and amazing experience of my life, it’s not something I can just repeat when I’m in need of an creative boost! So recently I’ve started getting my bike out, picking a direction, and cycling in it. I’m fortunate enough to live in a pretty little part of Warwickshire where there are plenty of country lanes and colourful fields to explore…I feel like this is ‘charging my creative batteries’.‘If you can dream it, you can do it’- Walt Disney
‘Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going’ – Sam Levenson