“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
― Jack London
Inspiration can be found in a song…a poem…a great meal…but one of the biggest ways I garner inspiration is viewing the work of other artisans, and watching them create. I find the creativity of others and their drive, to be very helpful in jump starting my own creativity.
Working part time in an art gallery certainly helps me as I'm surrounded by wonderful creations of all types, but I also love watching movies about artists is a great way for me to access inspiration during those dreary winter months when traveling to a museum might not be feasible. Some of my favorites are: Exit through the gift shop: a documentary about Banksy, the street artist. Andy Gothsworthy, environmental artist, Working with Rivers and Tides. Andy Warhol: A Documentary , Frida Khalo: Frida , Jackson Pollack; Pollack just to name a few.
I also love to just peruse YouTube and find videos of various clay and painting techniques. One person I found particularly inspiring is Mitch Lyons and his clay printing techniques. Watching other artists work is both meditative and rejuvenating and quite often gives me an idea or inspiration on something I may be working with, or in an area I might be stuck. And I have been very stuck this winter. I looked around the other day at the work I produced over the last couple of months, and I felt a little disappointed, but then again, I remember that I'm not always going to love everything I create, but everything I create is meant to happen, and all I can do is honor that.
May you find that which inspires you, and your heart today.
For more inspiration visit:
ETSY compilation of items that inspire me…. https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTYzNjg1NTV8MjcyNzM0NTg2NA/feed-the-muse-springy-inspirations
I also have a wonderful compilation of inspiring images on my pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/ttstudiodesigns/artistic-inspirations/