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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso at DailyLearners.com

What Inspires You to Create?

Sunset on Patong Beach

Sunset on Patong Beach

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?

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