Creative blocks are a natural part of the process and they can come as quickly as they go. However, sometimes we all need a catalyst to break through to that next great idea. It can be a simple walk in the park or a nap by a stream. When I break through, I get a sudden flash of insight and cannot stop creating for days. You may have found my blog because you’re feeling uninspired or you’ve lost the urge to create. I wanted to share the top 5 places I go to find inspiration for my artwork.
Out In Nature
One of the most common places I find inspiration is outside in nature. There is so much natural beauty in the world and I love to experience it in many different ways: hiking, kayaking, jogging, biking, or paddle boarding. I always find myself inspired by the magic in nature, such as a thunderstorm rolling over the ocean at sunset or the swaying of a field of flowers in the breeze.
Nighttime In The City
Cities are beautiful at any time of day, but there is something to be said for a city full of lights after the sun goes down. I love to watch the city lights reflect on a quiet lake at night. Cities are so different from nature, which is why I love to explore both when I am in need of inspiration.
I find great energy around abandoned buildings and places. I love peeling paint, rust, and weathered wood and metal. Something as simple as the paint peeling off of a dilapidated building can spark my creativity and send me flying off into the studio.
Around The Internet
There are so many beautiful photographs, ideas, and inspiration points on the internet. Some of my favorite places to browse are Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to pinning work from other artists that inspires me so I can look back on it any time I need to remember what beautiful art is about.
The final place I find art inspiration is inside myself. Very often I receive inspiration through meditation, which I practice twice every day. Doing this has given me ideas for interesting new color combinations, new techniques, and even new painting series.