In Search of Inspiration

So many times artists suffer from a complete lack of inspiration - artist's block. This can be short lived or something which may plague a creative for longer.

What is the solution ?

Obviously each artist has their own way of overcoming this inspiration drought, but I want to share what I do in case it maybe of help to someone.

My number one go to is my large collection of photographs. Within my images I have an album entitled future work where I save photos which I think may inspire a painting at a later date. If this fails I may go through old photos from my travels, which if it doesn't trigger inspiration its still fun to do !

OK, so maybe this time stored photos haven't worked. How about getting out into nature and getting more shots. Perhaps some unusual angles. The images in this blog were taken at Westonbirt Arboretum. I love pointing a camera up the trunk of a tree getting creative angles or taking close ups of bark, leaves etc. Throughout the seasons trees make amazing subjects!

The same concept applies if you prefer a more industrial view, just do the same with buildings .

If after this you are still not inspired just play around with colour, maybe in an abstract way. Even doodling in a sketch book could trigger an idea that could result in an amazing piece of work.

Please feel free to share your ideas or ask any questions.

Happy Painting !

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