Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Inspires You?

I can’t honestly say that a lack of inspiration prevents me from doing something creative. In fact, it’s probably just the opposite. I have so many ideas that it’s hard to choose what I’d like to work on especially since my creative time is limited at the moment. Still, I’ve noticed that when I do have the opportunity and start vacillating, there are things I can do that put me in a more creative frame.
Here are just a few:
Looking at books: These can practically based like Digital Paint Techniques, which my friend JK Gent sent me for Christmas, or a book on a particular artist like Joseph Cornell and Astronomy (another current favorite). I believe books open the door to that part of you that’s big, colorful and bursting with possibilities.
Looking at Photographs: Lennie’s blog on Vivian Maier a month or so ago was really inspiring to me. Not because I wanted to go out and start taking pictures, but because the revelation that there must be thousands of unrecognized artists out there doing brilliant stuff right now really moved me. We tend to think that if we’re not recognized, we don’t have talent or the right to create. Vivian obviously wasn’t concerned about this. Her attitude seemed to be: “I love taking pictures and I’m just going to keep doing it no matter what.”
Watching TV: I’m sure a lot of people would disagree with me on this, but I find watching TV and doing art at the same time energizing. My theory is that I don’t obsess about how good a “job” I’m doing on a particular piece of art because I’m too distracted by the TV. Plus I’m getting in guilt-free junk time, which I seem to need. Maybe this is a weird kind of multi-tasking?
Loving my dog: When I cuddle Lily I feel this clear, beautiful sense of love. There’s nothing complicated this. It’s cleansing and liberating. Loving your pet enables you to see how you complicate things when simplifying them would be much healthier and more creative. Nothing gets to the heart of what’s important like Love, the source of true inspiration.


A bird in the hand said...

This post is right up my alley. I pretty much do all of the above.
Love, Colette

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

I love that fact that I am not the only one who enjoys the television while working in my studio. As well, you cannot beat snuggling up with your four-legged friends. Odelia and I meet up every day for the Waltons, at four.

Irene said...

I agree with all you've said, I also find when I'm cleaning my studio I come up with brilliant finds, not that the studio is ever really clean, quite the contrary, I usually do stuff.

MarissaDW said...

I whole heartedly agree with all your points. I also love joining online classes - it certainly inspires me to work on something because it's on a deadline.

I miss your postings.

La Dolce Vita said...

I can't imagine having an artist block loosing my mojo or feeling uninspired... pretty much have way more ideas than time, but if I did I would do these too, or just ready your great post!!!

Leslie Jane Moran said...

I'd have to say LIFE inspires me. The arts is a big one, not only visual, but also, literary, music, theatre, dance, film..BLOGS. I find great inspiration all around me all the time. Inspiration is never a problem, it's having the time and volition to act upon it that is usually the stumbling block. The very LIFE that inspires also tends to get in the way. Another SALON topic????

azirca said...

I second the dog cuddles, there is nothing better!
For me, inspiration is all around but usually it's the snippets of words, colours, textures, lyrics, and the unexpected morsels of inspiration that inspire me the most.

kakon said...

Keep up the good work. Everyone is opened to there opinion. Excellent blog here, i am still reading Kid Rock Tickets

Ganga Fondan said...

I belong to Flickr since 2006 and have met so many people from all around the world who simply love to connect and express what they think and see and feel with images. I get feedback and connection and remind myself just as you said that the value of the work is not if we are known and make money but if our creativity is meaningful, has impact and affects how people live in this world. I also get an awful lot of inspiration from writing songs and singing them over and over and over and over. Ok I'm really going on and on but your post touched me today and I'm glad I linked in.

...And that's all I have to say about that!!!!

Ganga Fondan said...

Oh and I forgot to tell you how amazing your image is. It really draws in the eye and the emotions.
(my word verification is "gablyal"LOL