Inspiration 2021

Updated: Jan 19

Intuition is the beginning of creativity, it lets the muse in.... then what? This is where a process, a creative process helps. Inspiration is next. Wrap your creative resolution in things that inspire you. Here's how to make it count.

Inspiration is a subset of your life's influences. We are all influenced by many things. Some in the past, some in the present. The inspirational influences I am talking about here are the ones that relate to the original intuitive idea.

Here is a list of influences worth considering:

Personal story, history, interests, places

Connections to other disciplines such as literature, science, sport, dance

Purpose: artmaking for private or public audiences

Maker: individual or collaboration

Genre: still life, landscape and portrait

Approaches: Realism to Abstraction, 2D or 3D, functional or non-functional

Education: self taught, Atelier or BFA

Gather these and you connect the dots. Inspirational influences are unique to each creative idea and each creative person.

Take time to ponder and acknowledge what has inspired you. Allow these influences to come to the surface. Deciding the importance and hierarchy of these influences will come later. For now, inclusion is key to pollinating creativity.

As for me, Rocky Mountain National Park has inspired me most of my life. The park is part of my personal story. In January 2020, I committed to spend the year painting at Rocky Mountain National Park and then...well...2020. So I get a do over!

I spent part of 2020 at the park, but much of it at home. I started a large piece and stalled because without access to the park I could not refresh my memory of of Moraine Park looked like in the sun, the rain, the light of morning, the last of the day. I get a do-over. This blog will take you the through the list of influences that to my original, intuitive idea: spending the year focused on painting Rocky Mountain National Park.

At home in my studio, 2020 was a year of small paintings using reference photos and memories of the places I hope to revisit this coming year. In these paintings I intentionally thought about how I could work a brush with less fuss. You can only get so much detail in on a 5x5' panel. It was good lesson for me. Plus I continued my exploration of embedding gold, silver and copper leafing in the unexpected places. I hope you enjoyed the music from the first post, Intuition. Here is another amazing piece of music....and one of many humble 5x5" paintings now on my hopefully-working-online store. Be creative!

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