What inspires you?

We’ve all gone through our creatively blocked moments.  I know I’ve had my share of them!  If I’m going to be honest with myself, I get most blocked when I worry about what everyone else might be thinking about what I’m doing.  Will they like it?  Will they buy it?  Self-doubt is a real inspiration killer!

So what do I do about it?  Play.  I go into my art studio and look around, grabbing anything and everything that calls to me.  Then, I look over the collection of goodies.  Sometimes I need to edit the pile, noticing what goes together and eliminating what doesn’t.   I set the edited pile of paint tubes, fabric swatches, images from magazines, whatever… aside and grab the foundation for the work.  This foundation could be a sheet of paper, a canvas, or a pillow form.  It’s whatever I am using as the basis for the work.

Now, here’s the gutsy part.  I have to make the first move.  I have to sew, splatter, brush, cut,or color…. somehow marking the surface of the piece.  Isn’t that first mark the hardest to make?!  It can be difficult but liberating.  Because once you make the first mark, you have given your piece a voice.  For the rest of the journey, it will talk to you.  It will tell you what to do next and even tell you when it’s done.  You just have to listen.  Give it a try!

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One thought on “What inspires you?

  1. I was cruising around the internet today and found a video that you should see. Its called “A Day with John Burroughs”. Its a silent movie from 1919 but he has a farm in NY and is showing some
    kids the beauty of nature around him. I think you’ll find that he’s pretty interesting. Enjoy!

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