What inspires you to create? Have you ever really given it much thought? I definitely know when I am inspired. But, do I know where to go or what to do to get inspiration when I need it?
I sat down the other day and made a list of things that inspire me. It took quite a while. I was surprised by some things on my list. In general I guess you could say I am inspired by art, nature, music, children, antiques, travel, and art supplies. Below you will find my list in detail, giving more specifics.
- travel – seeing new things or visiting places I love,
- viewing other people’s art work in a museum or gallery,
- light and shadow bending, curving, dancing around and through objects,
- reflected light,
- beautiful sunrises and sunsets,
- flowers blooming,
- old rustic architecture,
- brilliant colored cloth,
- a pathway meandering through the woods,
- the blues of the ocean,
- a child’s smile and wondering eyes,
- produce at a farmer’s market,
- running horses,
- new art supplies,
- a kitten curled up in a ball,
- listening to Native American flute music,
- a cozy corner for reading,
- water lapping on shore,
- the sound of children laughing and playing,
- a field of lavender,
- the silence of the woods after a snow,
- the sound of wind through the tree tops,
- a caterpillar transforming to a butterfly,
- birds gliding through the air,
- a new sketchbook,
- and watching an artist do a demonstration or talk about their art work.
Now that I know what inspires me I can go get my inspiration when the well runs dry. Sometimes when I hit a place in my writing or painting I find myself going outside to breath in the air, feel the sunshine on my skin, smell the flowers or listen to the birds chirping. Instinctively I am drawn to a place I need for inspiration.
I’m going to save my list so I can continue to add to it. I wonder if my list will change as time goes on?