I see something which stops me in my tracks. The light is catching the edge of a boat in just the right way to inspire me. I decide that this is what I will paint. In a perfect world every time I paint, I would be filled with inspiration. My vision would flow onto the canvas easily and without any struggles. But I don't live in a perfect world and there are times when my muse has gone missing. Inspiration is a fickle thing to base my career on, but as an artist that is what I choose to do. When I paint, if I am not inspired there is a very good chance that the painting is not going to be worth the effort.
So my goal is to maximize the times of inspiration. It is easier to find inspiration in a beautiful garden, a spectacular location or a portrait of a lovely young woman, but these are all obvious icons of beauty. As an artist, I need to look beyond the picture postcard ideal and see something more. Finding the beauty in the ordinary is a transforming ability, not easily done. Holding onto that ability, to see beauty in the ordinary, takes constant practice. I am always forcing myself to see shapes that are interesting, the colors in the shadows of a building or the curved contours of an ordinary mans face. Training my eye to see beauty, even in an unattractive street scene as I am stuck in traffic or in something as unappealing as a trash can, helps me to maximize the times that inspiration strikes. Yours can increase too if you start to practice the art of seeing beauty in the ordinary. Train your artist's eye to see in a different way. My goal is to find inspiration anywhere and everywhere.Topics: Inspiration and Art
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4 Responses to Finding Inspiration
Funny... I was just admiring the work of William Wray who can paint wonderful interesting paintings of the most mundane ... often ugly ... things.
His most recent is an oceanic oil derrick. Now would you EVER think an oil derrick was beautiful? His is...
David Gallup often tells me that if you can't find a unique point of view... then unless you paint something absolutely amazingly beautifully and uniquely your painting is doomed to be mundane. SIGH...
I too seek inspiration... But I don't always find it.
It is also confusing figuring out what is unique and a tough word to define regarding art. I know it when I see it but I am not always sure why a painting is unique. Also there is the possibility of going over the edge of taste and entering the area of gimmicks. Just another thing to add to the list needed to create outstanding work.
Oh I guess it's not a "little" painting. I went into your "artwork" file to get a bigger look and saw that it's bigger than I remembered it being. I didn't realize it was that size... STILL lovely, however!!!... and I think, unique!
Thanks for catching this. It is 10x8 not 14x11. I was confused till I read your other comment about Jasmine at Arlington Garden and realized you were referring to that. It is changed now.
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