When I’m looking for inspiration, many times I’ll check out Pinterest or Google a specific art topic. However, I frequently overlook the idea that quick inspiration is only a few steps away in my own home. Here’s where I find inspiration at home:
- My sketchbooks – both old and new – contain snippets of half-formed ideas that I’ve forgotten about. Paging through these sketchbooks can easily prompt me to begin a new project.
- Competed art works. Here I find a wealth of new inspiration for art making. Sometimes, I’ll rework an old art piece. Even art that I completed many years ago can yield new ideas. An added bonus is realizing how much I’ve grown as an artist when reviewing my earlier work.
- Art supply drawers and shelves. I usually come upon supplies that I never got around to experimenting with. Or, I find supplies that I haven’t used in so long that they radiate that new store appeal.
- Art books containing classic paintings. These books remind me to go back to the basics to add more spark to my work.
- Folders containing images that I’ve collected from vintage magazines, books, catalogs and travel brochures. After viewing these images, I usually begin a collage on the spot.
- Outside my window. Trees, birds, flowers and even weeds provide photo opportunities that result in quick sketches or paintings.
Note: A few years ago, I completed the above paintings of trees. Now I can see that adding some darker values to the painting would enhance it.
Where do you find inspiration?