Where do artists find their inspiration?
Inspiration to make art can be found in our homes, the world around us, our pets, people we know, our imaginations and emotions and even nature. Do you ever feel like there are just too many things to choose from? One way you can narrow down your ideas is write down each idea on a small piece of paper and put it into a mason jar, basket or box. Pull out an idea when you feel stuck or overwhelmed about where to start! Keep your idea jar on your desk or work table so you can add to it or pull out an idea when you need to. You can also keep a list of ideas on a fun notepad, or in an idea journal. Start by writing things you love or enjoy doing, or art subject matter you like. Then make a list of subjects you would like to paint or create.
You can also gain inspiration from looking at artwork. But be careful you do not start comparing your work or where you are on your journey to other artists. Every artist is in a different place on their journey and you are in exactly the right place for you. You can learn a lot from other artists work and find inspiration in how they use materials or approach their subject matter.
Taking a class is always inspiring and gets our ideas and creative juices flowing. Make sure you use the ideas from the class in your own way and not copy the instructors work. Put your own spin on the techniques you learned and make it your own.
Art how-to books are another source of inspiration. You can try out new techniques and discover new mediums and materials. Once again create your practice ones and then apply the techniques to your own ideas, subject matter and style. But, what if I don't have a "style"? You my not realize what your style is yet, it is your voice, your way of creating, sort of like your signature. It will evolve as you keep playing, learning and creating. So, don't get too hung up on what your style is, it is all the things you love, the colors you choose, the type of medium you work with, the subject matter you choose, and even your mark making.
Another source of inspiration is our imaginations! Let yourself disconnect, daydream, be bored, let your mind wander. Take a walk in nature and take deep breaths, this will relax you and let your mind open to new ideas. Get out into the world and interact with other people, visit museums, take part in a discussion group, attend a lecture, concert or play, and read books and magazines. Don't forget to play! Get out your art supplies and just play with them, doodle, make marks, practice techniques, invite a favorite grandchild, niece or nephew to create with you and have fun!
Have fun and Happy Creating!