Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Art Through Inspiration
Inspiration is vital to keeping artists active. We all have slumps or down times, but it helps to learn to accept these as a normal part of our creative process.
During these times, it helps when I move away from my sketchbook and look around for things that inspire me. Mostly it is in nature that I find my muse, but not always.
I'm going to be sharing with you a series of blog posts that help connect art through inspiration. And by this I mean finding things that inspire us and then allowing ourselves to float down the creative stream and see where it takes us. Different ways of interpreting, different styles, different mediums; they are all important to artistic growth.
A camera is also important, but it is only an addendum to getting out and letting your five sense take in the moment. Any images you capture will only recall and reinforce these moments of inspiration, they will not substitute for them.
Sometimes the art that is born from our inspiration is a visual representation, true to our view of the world, and at other times it is an abstract interpretation of what we have seen. Either way, it's perfect. There is no right or wrong, just many streams of creativity that help us come into our style fully and honestly.
This Iris was inspired by my garden in Iowa. I was done using Sennelier Pan Watercolors, and Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils in my Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbook.
Thanks for checking in. xx