Artistic Inspiration?

Amelia (@mississippihippie) 10 years, 9 months ago

Currently in need of some artistic inspiration for a new painting. Curious to know what others do when in need of inspiration. Writers, painters, musicians? Share your thoughts!

April 11, 2011 at 2:42 am
Alex Eastman (71) (@alex) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I don’t know where I get my inspiration from when I do get it. It is either there or not.
Music sometimes does it for me, other times ideas or other people’s work helps me. I’m not a painter though, so I doubt I can be much help. I only write and do a little (sucky) drawing. haha :)

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chris de vera (4) (@yogini) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I go outdoors…where everything is raw. =) I go on a hike, run very early in the morning, or climb, or ride my bike downhill. Sometimes, I just go to a place in town where I’ve never been…it gives me ideas outside of my own comforts. Other times I go to swap-meet/flea markets or antique stores…where i see objects…there’s something about seeing old, discarded, forgotten, used objects…and the way they make me wonder, “where those objects have been”? who owned them?…from there, there’d be plenty to pick any ideas from.

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Rain (23) (@rain) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

When I need inspiration, I fall in love. *grin* No, but really….
Inspiration is something I think that just…comes to me when it wants to. I’ve yet to find a formula for finding it outside of hushing, relaxing, and just letting the words do what they will. :) (Oh, sorry, I write, that is my form of art.)

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Amelia (0) (@mississippihippie) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

All wonderful! Thank you very much :) I usually just listen to music that I’ve never heard before. I’ll have to try these things!

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m. (8) (@mjmf826) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

people watching! And just like you use new music for inspiration, use new locations as well. Muse, thy name be culture shock!

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Chelsea (2) (@cambria) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I love art! I get my inspiration from everything, i love going to crafts stores and really going down every isle (because you never know what your going to find) to get ideas and inspiration. I mostly paint with acrylics though…

if i dont know what else to do with a painting, i stop and go back to it when i have ideas..look online(because you might find new techniques:)…sometimes though you just have to let it be and it will come to you.


@chris

i completely agree with you about nature, but for me nature is like home it gets me centered and at peace with my thoughts so then my creative side can think to haha:)

i also like to make my own jewelry and find unique things at thrift stores its just awesome to think everything there has its own story:)

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Benjamin Magno (0) (@benthatisben) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I like to keep a sketchbook handy. Even if I don’t feel like I’m motivated enough to even start a piece, sometimes a small idea, when put to paper, becomes amazing inspiration. I just started a series of realistically-drawn video game scenes. It was a blast to do.

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Markie (0) (@markie) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

For me, concert posters are an amazing source of inspiration- awesome concepts, colors, illustrations- check out http://www.gigposters.com/ and search for your favorite band!

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Matt (1) (@mattattack) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

things that help me, for drawing at least, is listening to music, looking at other people’s work, and (honestly) smoking some weed. That sounds slightly dumb but the things that come out my hand when I smoke are crazy! Another trick you can do is scribble a bunch of lines on a piece of paper and see what shapes come out of it. It helps me to get an idea for a picture and improves my drawing style at the same time.

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chris de vera (4) (@yogini) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@chelsea: yea, nature calms me down, too…but most often than not when i’m out of ideas (for me) it usually means i am bored and have gotten used to the same thinking patterns…so sometimes i look for the raw side of nature..=)


@benjamin
: a friend of mine does a similar thing…she keeps a collage journal. she searches for images around her and puts them in a collage…when something “clicks” from one of those pages, she gets to paint again. =)

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Matt (6) (@mrgeetah) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

As a musician, I lay down in a dark room, isolating myself from all other stimuli, and just listen to the melody I want to expand over and over again. Then I stop the loop at the end of the phrase and just see where my mind goes. As for actually coming up with the melodies themselves, I just pick a scale I feel like playing around in and sit down at a piano or with a guitar until something comes out that I like. I’ve found that smoking a pipe works as well. :D

Recently I’ve been coming to these forums while listening to my works in progress, just to give my left brain something to do while my right brain focuses on the piece. I’m doing that right now, actually. As I’m typing I have Fruity Loops playing an orchestral piece I’ve been working on for the past week or so playing in the background… I’m working on an ending.

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Chelsea (2) (@cambria) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Music is a big player in my art,
I have a painting, well more like a sharpie drawing i started while listening to differnt cd’s.
Its really cool to see all of the different aspects of the drawing… for me the music brought out diffent styles of drawing(most the time abstract drawing)
i listened to several cds while working on it..its pretty cool to see how the cd’s mood changed my drawing style… it an awesome thing to do i suggest everyone try it out…even if you cant draw or paint the key is to just listen and doodle :)

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Anna (0) (@odenserocks) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

To me doing something new, like going to a concert of a band i did not know before, gives me inspiration kicks. I have to see/ experience something new or unusual to get REALLY inspired. If I need to focus, get grounded, or see clearly again – which are essentials to inspiration – I meditate.

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Phil (8) (@phil) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m not a artist persay, but i do play around with photoshop a bit and apparently my work is good :P. And i can value a good drawing or painting.

Today i went for a drive at around 17:45. The autumn air was so clear and the city looked so amazing as the sun went down. I cant remember a time, when i’v been so in awe of surroundings that i see every day. I wish i could’ve captured it all. To me…thats inspiration…absolute beauty thats fading absolutely. Because i’l never see what i did today…no matter how similar the view…it will never be the same.

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iamjimmy (27) (@iamjimmy) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

look though an old photo album and try and figure out what is going on in each picture beyond what you immediately see. maybe you will notice trends on where your thoughts are coming from and you can look deeper into them.

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m. (8) (@mjmf826) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

hey give us an e-mail we can all send pictures to! You could do a piece pertaining to the HE community members or we can just send you cool shit for inspiration!

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Amelia (0) (@mississippihippie) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Thanks for all of the input you guys! Greatly appreciated :) Can’t wait to share my next piece, inspired by your inspirations!

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Anonymous (0) (@) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

You can be inspired by the most minuscule detail of any thought, object, or interaction if only you are aware of the feeling that is inspiration. Any emotion can be inspiring, if expressed artistically.

Film is especially helpful in seeing how to ‘feel the moment’ so to speak. Cinematographers achieve an illusional realistic experience by tapping into an instinctive awareness of how a moment can affect people if they just sit down and be silent for a couple of hours or so. Every set and every perspective is chosen specifically to affect people in a way they can relate to or identify with.

Surround yourself in your life with that which will evoke the emotions which best stimulate inspiration for you personally. Pretend that every single detail of your life has infinite meaning. It probably does, considering that all the matter of the universe was once condensed to a ball the size of a green pea. Everything is infinitely small and equally big, with multiple dimensions that interact in a veritable plethora of spiraly geometric patterns of light and fleshy tube-like things that kill and eat each other to survive and, in the human case, dominate each other.


@Matt

Smoking weed gets people into perspective that often involves attention to small details which they find either humorous or ‘trippy’. I, for one, think it can help provide inspiration in this aspect.

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