Hi friends! Happy Friday! That also means it’s #FAQFridaywithFiona
and I’ll be answering one of the frequently asked questions I get from y’all. Let’s jump in, shall we?
Today’s question is: ✨✨How do you stay inspired?✨✨ This a question asked all the time of artists. Artists asking other artists. How do we stay inspired and thus continue creating constantly?! I may have a controversial opinion here, but I think making art is less about being “inspired” and more about “just making lots of work”. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, it’s just about the practice. The good stuff tends to come out of making lots of bad stuff. I think there’s this impression that artists sit around all day until suddenly a lighting bolt of inspiration hits: They run to their canvas and create an amazing masterpiece! I don’t know…maybe this IS how it is for you…in which case, must be nice. But most of us working artists approach it like any other job: you get up, make your coffee and get to work. You struggle, you laugh, you fail, you meditate, you self-doubt, you love it, you try again and again. Then through all of that, something amazing happens. You make a work you’re really proud of! Best feeling ever right?
SO if you are having trouble getting started with a practice, I’d recommend beginning with sketchbook work. It feels less intimidating blank sheet of paper or canvas and is typically smaller. You will eventually make the jump from the sketchbook once you build that confidence up a bit. Lord knows I filled sketchbook upon sketchbook my earlier years!
With all that said, if you are still looking for ways to stir your creativity pot, this is what I tend to do: - Visit museums and galleries. This is my favorite way to get inspired. Just seeing art in the flesh gets my head spinning with ideas to try. I’ll write them down in my phone notes so I don’t forget later! - Watch documentaries and read books about artists. Watching other artists work gets me hyped up and willing to try new techniques. - Travel to new AND old places. You never know what you’ll discover. Take lots of photos to reflect back on!