Inspiration is a fickle mistress. When she’s with you, all is good in the world. But when she disappears it can be frustrating and even scary at times. As a working artist, I have found myself uninspired many times. But when it prevents me from getting important things done, it can be a real issue. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s very important to know myself and discover what motivates me so I can keep my creative juices flowing.
What inspires you?
I’ve learned that my inspiration is driven by several things.
Fatigue: Sleep and mental rest is very important to staying inspired. Creative people can seem manic because they often work ferociously while inspired only to drop at the end. But it’s important to know your limits and find balance. If I’m able to achieve a good balance, I find that my inspiration is more consistent and I’m able to be creative every day to accomplish my goals. My favorite fatigue cures are movies, listening to music, chatting with friends, playing games and exercising.
People: Surrounding myself with other artists who are very giving of their energy and have unyielding excitement for creation is a wonderful way to get inspired. I’m lucky to have so many wonderfully inspiring friends. Even if we aren’t into the same art, their energy stimulates me.
Study: Researching for a project is a great way to be inspired. If I feel blocked on a design project, I’ll spend a day around things that may inspire my project. For instance, if it’s a fashion project, I’ll go shopping and try on new styles or go hunting for vintage designs, see a fashion show, look at magazines or go for lunch to a beautiful resort where people are living in the clothing that I design. If it’s music, a concert or performance really gets me into the studio to perform. The energy released from these environments really get my creative juices flowing.
Tools: I’m a real tech and gadget girl. I love computers and tools that I can use to create. When I discover a new gadget that I want to use, I anxiously await it’s arrival and I can’t wait to get started the minute it’s in my hands. Who doesn’t love playing with a new toy? Especially when it makes work more fun.
We’ve just started this new section devoted to artists of all kinds called, “Artist Corner”. This section on our web site filters out articles just for the creative at heart. If your subscribed to us, you’ll get the emails but I also suggest bookmarking the category so you can check out the section any time you need to be inspired or connect with other artists. To connect with each other, you can leave comments below or click on the web links associated with each artist.
I shared my question Friday on Facebook and asked for my fellow artists to inspire us with their stories. Here’s how they keep the creative juices flowing and manage to create while balancing life’s hurdles.
Milan Heger : Artist/ Designer/ Architect Seattle Washinton
My artist inside IS the artist outside…to start with. I meditate about why am I here, and if someone is listening (looking at my art) I want to make sure that I said what I wanted to say with my art. In this world today, when much of art is being manipulated as a commodity market, I work on the purity of message and expression.
David Grant Williams : CEO Dream Launcher Studios
If you’re dream is strong enough the facts don’t count. Success is just hard enough to keep the people out that aren’t serious.
Bryan Tieri CEO The Star Music Group
For me now that I’ve moved on into the business side of things. I keep my flame burning living through my artists dreams. Educating them on the business side all the while helping them through their writing and music production. A little karaoke keeps the blood warm too!!!
I use the hurdles to write. I only like to put into words what I have lived or felt. People can feel when it is real. This is the backbone of many great songs that have moved, motivated and defined many generations, as well as fashion and politics. A true artist is always using lifes hurdles to make as they say lemonade? It comes sometimes at a cost to the artist as he lays his most inner feelings and emotions to public domain. Carefull what you wish for, be honest and have think skin is what I tell anyone who wishes to be an artist.
Tracy Timberlake : Singer/ Beauty Blogger
Find inspiration in everything. Look for it; expect it. And be present enough to show up and recogize the hurdle for the gift it is. There is something beautiful on the other side Hurdles can be great Inspiration. #makeitwork
Terry Ruvo : Perfume Manufacturer Eye On beauty
I was born an artist..it is my life. I find that my creativity is centered around people and God. The world is an art form and filled with beauty. When I need to push through a creative hurdle or block – I go to the gym to work off some energy, then I sleep on it. This is the way I rejuvenate my creative juices!
Freekly TooCool : Jacksonville Florida
I don’t like work that doesn’t interest me. I am very self-directed and often can’t do well with supervisors who try to micromanage me. It is also frustrating when I can’t earn enough money doing the things that I really want to do and enjoy doing. Most of the time I live in a compromise situation between submitting to the rule of authority for a paycheck, and enjoying my free time with no money. The hurdles are part of the path. They become monuments to success after the challenges are dealt with.
Doug Heslep ·Photographer
I just keep creating.