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 !