Art Inspiration Where Does It Come From?
Art and Inspiration
Where Does Art Inspiration Come From?
Your personal art bank is in a drought. Drained. And so are you. Spiralling into a creative idea funk without art inspiration. Again!
Where is that elusive art inspiration? Nature, people, music, walks, travel, urban life, solitude, books, materials, art shows. Uninspiring lists or endless possibilities?
Perhaps you need to seek outside influences. Follow trends? Colouring books for grownups do get the mind examining colour, form, focus, LINE (stay inside now). A return to childhood not your thing? Trendy inspires do not attract everyone. Perhaps you never liked colouring as a child. Some of us detested trying to keep within the lines. We just wanted to fill the page by our own rules. Outside of the lines, outside of the box, outside of your mind?
Art inspiration at other art hangouts can be a source for ideas. Gallery shows might be the act you want to follow. Art store bulletin boards. Just keep away from the temptation to buy more to feed the soul. Buying more gear or gadgets or paint will not fill the page. It is making the product, not acquiring more products that you need. Museums hold a cache of ideas on an inclement day. Watch for light falling, shadows creeping, highlights gleaming. These do not just hang out singly in photographs or paintings or sculptures or any one art form. They transcend across them all so get out and observe.
Colour, line, shape, form, value, texture, perspective. Nature is a master at whatever you want to perfect, or at least what you aim to improve. Pattern, rhythm, movement, scale, balance, unity, emphasis.
In nature everything from soup to lichens can be an inspire. Who knew tiny lichens could make such a big impact in art inspiration? One trend that will get you outdoors and arouse your art senses is a lichen hunt:
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