So often I am asked “how do you find inspiration” to create art? My answer is simple. Living. Living gives me all of the inspiration I need. Good ideas, good inspiration, can be found everywhere. Some pieces I create from a deep feeling inside of me, often brought out through the music I listen to while I create. I listen to a lot of contemporary Christian music and 60’s classic rock. Other times I will get inspiration from something I saw in nature and work it into a theme.
Inspiration comes from awareness, really seeing at what is in front of me. This can be how the light is reflected on a building as I drive by, inspiring a cityscape. Further down the road I am stuck in traffic and see birds sitting on a wire and I think about how I can put my Golden Retriever up there hanging out with the birds in an art piece. When I really see the world around me I will find inspiration for art.
Journaling also helps me with inspiration. Like every adult in the world, my mind is filled with clutter. Ideas, thoughts, to-do lists, memories, and more all occupy space in my head, each clamoring for attention. Journaling allows me to take one thought, one piece of inspiration, and develop it.
Take the time to really see the world around you, look at everything with the curiosity of a child. When you do this you will find inspiration. Take these thoughts and journal. If you do this on a daily basis you will have a steady stream of inspiration.