Overwhelmed she slips
below the surface.
Looking for escape.
The cares of the world
rate race in her mind,
where are the answers?
So much to comteplate
on long sleepless nights.
But in the water
she floats free.
through the flow.
Creative inspiration is really all around us, we just have to be willing to take the time to look for it. There are some very obvious places to look for inspiration such as an art gallery or museum but there are also lots of other places to look for inspiration that are a little outside the box. Here is a list of some places that I came up with.
People watching at the mall. The other day while shopping I stopped for a bite to eat, since I was alone I was free to just look around me and observe. I began to notice the different features on people’s faces, the style and colors of their clothing and even their gestures as they interacted with others. It was unfortunate that my sketchbook wasn’t in my purse!
Reading or looking through children’s books. I love illustration and children’s books have some of the most beautiful illustration out there. Often when I end up in a bookstore I will head over and browse through the books in the children’s department for a dose of creative inspiration.
Go for a walk in the woods. Nature is the most innately creative force on this planet. As you walk observe the shapes and textures around you, incredible beauty and inspiration is everywhere.
Reading Poetry. Poetry is full of imagery, just reading it can spark ideas and thoughts.
Go to the zoo or a wildlife refuge center or even a pet store. Observing the diversity of creatures that inhabits this earth can be a great source of inspiration.
At the movies. Movies have the ability to move us through time and space and take us to places we could never go in real life. This gives us the opportunity to observe and be inspired by many exciting options that otherwise don’t exist.
Watch the clouds. As they move through the sky cloud shapes shift and change. One moment you might see a dragon, the next island floating in the sky and in another moment perhaps and angel. It is another great example of the creativity of nature.
Go to flea markets or antique stores. All kind of treasures and unique items can be found at flea markets. You don’t even need to buy anything and bring it home. Just check out vintage artwork or jewellery for interesting shapes and color combinations. Look at the designs of furniture, inlaid wood can be a great source for shapes and patterns.
Walking through your own neighborhood. Take some time to walk through it with fresh eyes. Really look and observe. What flowers are growing in the yard next door, what color combinations are present in the plants, flowers and trees? What birds are flying around? Looking at these things with a eye to really seeing them can spark great ideas.
These are a few of my ideas. Feel free to comment below and share some of your favorite places to find inspiration!
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The need to create runs deep within the human psyche, we all have it. I know many who say they don’t have a creative bone in their body and that always breaks my heart, but that just isn’t possible. Creativity expresses itself in so many ways it is so much more than just paint brush on canvas. Have you ever seen a beautifully planted garden and walked along its paths? Have you ever enjoyed a delicious meal out? Or have you even flipped through the pages of a fashion magazine marveling at the minds that imagined the beautiful clothes. It’s all creativity and it is all made by artists.
An artist is someone who creates with intention. I bet if you look at your own life there are many things you create with intention. Is it possible you have been ignoring your own artwork? Is it possible your soul longs for encouragement to let it’s creativity soar? What would happen if you let it? What could you create? But let’s ask one more question, what if you allowed yourself to create in an atmosphere free of judgement? I’m not talking about judgement from others, which really isn’t something you can control other than to ignore it. What I’m really talking about is your own judgement of your creations. What would happen in your life, what could possibly break loose and shake up if you allowed yourself to create without any self judgement whatsoever. It isn’t easy, I know first-hand it isn’t easy, but it’s such a worthwhile endeavor.
You see I believe that the number one purpose of humanity is to create and that everyone is creative! In tapping into our creativity we tap in the core purpose of our existence. In that space of creativity we can find our own power and deepen our connection with the divine. It’s a noble calling, what will your answer be? Will it be ARTIST!!!