So, after years and years of working and learning and growing, I was asked the other day, where does my inspiration come from? Surely, by now, it should have 'dried up'.... what an interesting concept. That someone would feel inspiration 'dries up'. Does it? How can it? Generally we gain 'information' from our daily lives, everything we are and have, comes from what inspires us.
Creativity inspires me, and in turn, it is its own inspiration and reward. Every day I have at least 10 ideas, which I [hopefully] get to put in my sketchbook. Some of them might not see the light of day (especially if I don't get to write them down). Inspiration may not just be the 'idea'. It might be a picture, a word, a sound, a book, a corner shop, a neighbour's dog (actually that one needs a whole series of books written!).
I have books and books of ideas written down. I revisit those books and more often than not, something comes out of them. Ideas shouldn't be thrown away - they are based on what inspires us. Many of these ideas, once revisited, lead to new ideas, so that 'well' just isn't going to dry up any time soon.
What I find 'un-inspires' me, would be doing things that are contrary to what I want to achieve in my life and with my creativity. With art, you have to keep on going, keep inspired, keep drawing, and 'exercising your imagination'. I prefer to see imagination and creativity, less like a well, and more like space. As John Muir said "the power of imagination makes us infinite". Creativity like everything else, needs to be practiced, repeated, and developed. People can't tell you what to be inspired by, and often times we take other peoples creativity as a gift - a miracle. It isn't really - it's developing a skill and exercising it every day. This way, how can it dry up?
Rainy days are wonderful for checking out the old visual diaries for inspiration, running through the hundreds of reference images you've saved, or watching a movie that my have even one inspiring character, or scene in it. Recently, I spent a day messing around with different painting mediums, and out of that, a few new ideas came. After that I felt invigorated and inspired. Listening to creative people talking about their passion, their art or their lives, inspires me - visit the TED site, and you'll find thousands of creative discussions.
The main thing I believe, is to treat your creativity as a major skill, one you expand on, practice and keep on with. Dried up? Not likely!
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.