As artists, we are used to the ebb and flow of creativity. Some days we are inspired by everything we see. Inspiration for future projects are around every corner. The next day may be harder, with a stark white canvas sitting in front of us, and no ideas. So how do you make there be more days of art inspiration than not? We spoke to a group of artists to find out where they draw art inspiration from, when they are in a rut. This is what they said:
Log on to the internet – Check out websites like Pinterest.com. Pinterest is like an online bulletin board. It allows you to collect pages, articles, and pictures from other sites and store them in one place. You can also look at friends' collections to get a glimpse at what inspires them.
Go junkin' – Make old things new! Look for old and unusual books and magazines at garage sales, thrift stores, or on garbage day. Cut up old books to make collages that might inspire a bigger art project in the future.
Get back to nature – Take a camera or a sketch pad into the woods and artistically document. Or, if you have tapped out nature, bring your supplies into the city and explore the concrete jungle. Find a new vantage point, explore a new destination.
Revisit the past – Go to art museums! Really look at the work of the masters. Explore an old technique through classes in letterpress or block printing.
The art inspiration is there, you just need to know where to look. Connecting with other artists is a great way to stay inspired and to be an inspiration to others.