Where do I get inspiration from?

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Title:” Internal”, Drawing in Charcoal and Graphite, Dimensions: 8″x 11″, Price: $275.00 CAD

Today I was considering the many different ways in which I get inspired to go into my studio to create art. Of course there are probably too many for me to speak of here, but I would like to mention some that are important to me.

I find that my experiences in daily life are one of the most important factors I have to reflect on and get inspired. The social media is apart of us all now, the digital world has put more power of inspiration in our lives. I love to hear, read or see an inspiring story, something that empowers me in a creative way. A press release, photo event or a journalistic opinion I hear will some how press upon me cognitively or emotionally.

Eventually I will find myself huddled down in my studio, a place of contemplation to free thoughts, to stir the emotions into a frenzy. Then it begins. Inspiration has begun through the writings, such as word association, yet I do not use this process to often. I depend on my graphite drawings, either figuratively, abstract in image or the inspiration may come from beautiful colors of paint splashed on to canvas with the swift push of a brush.

Inspiration can even change while half way through an idea, drawing or painting, but the crook of the inspiration has started the exciting moment in creating something new, something you may not have even known 2, 8 or 24 hours earlier. Sometimes this inspiration may last for one painting, sometimes for a series.

I am lucky because I think now at my stage in life and experience in life as an artist I am able to be inspired by so many subjects, objects, cultures, traveling, people I have meet and known to name a few.

Now that is how Inspiration comes to me !

Clyde Finlay

“Capture the experience, the passion and the rhapsody of intrigue in art.”

5 thoughts on “Where do I get inspiration from?”

  1. Thank you for sharing your website! You have a great list of accomplishments, cool graphite and pastel creations and an easy writing style – inspiration is the thing all right !! I’m still working on my website but finding Instagram is a great inspiration for discovering artists around the world who share their art and photography – my eyes are always open for nature’s messages so when I’m not painting I’m taking photos – as Crista says, baby steps


    1. Hi Judy. Thanks for the Wonderful comments. I hope all is well with you and continue to use Instagram for getting inspired, I too am on Instagram, although I need to spend time there up dating my site. I too enjoyed Crista’s course. It got me going on my Marketing , as well as in my studio. I believe I have done 6 – 7 abstracts in the last couple of months. Stay strong and please stay in touch, keep me up to speed ! I’ll have another look at your website too. Talk soon Judy.


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      1. HI Clyde – I’m working on a website on weebly.ca called JudyWinterPaints – I have my artist statement on it and a few older paintings and am working with a photographer friend to upload my latest work – slow process!

        I really appreciate your response !


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      2. Here’s hoping your website s working for you and It is doing what you need it to do. Hope to hear from you soon. Cheers.


    2. Thank you Judy. Yes, it is wonderful to hear your reply and comments. Also, I agree that Crista Cloutier is inspirational. supportive and I enjoy being connected to ” the Working Artist” as a member. Cheers, Judy.


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