As An Artist, What Inspires You?

We Must Believe We are Gifted for Something

Artists are often perceived as a bit “different” from ordinary folks, but that’s a good thing isn’t it? Sometimes those of us who paint, draw, use charcoals or create art using other methods are inspired by things that others never notice, or think of as ordinary.

For those of us who are blessed with artistic talent (and there are all kinds), the world sometimes takes on a life of its own when your imagination is full of wonder and your creativity is just waiting to come out on a blank canvas.

Grandma Moses was inspirational in that she did not begin her painting career or become a famous artist until she was in her late 70's.
Grandma Moses was inspirational in that she did not begin her painting career or become a famous artist until she was in her late 70’s.

Most of us (even those who are younger) have heard of Grandma Moses, even though it may have been in another context if you’ve heard someone say “as slow as Grandma Moses.” Grandma Moses was actually Anna Mary Robertson Moses, a renowned American folk artist who was born in 1860 and lived to be 101 years old. Like most of us, she thoroughly enjoyed working on her art, and viewed it more of a hobby that provided some extra money. “Grandma Moses” was unique and inspirational in that she did not begin her painting career or become a famous artist until she was in her late 70’s. An unpretentious woman, she couldn’t fathom why in the world anyone would pay high prices for her artwork. In fact, some of her paintings which sold early on for only about $5 later sold for thousands – up to $10,000, in fact.

That’s how it is with most of us artist-types; we’re so passionate about what we do, and for many of us it comes naturally. It’s sometimes hard to understand how some of the well-known artists of the world command tens of thousand of dollars, or even millions, for doing something they truly love and enjoy.

So, back to the subject. What inspires you as an artist? Can you sit at the edge of the forest and see how the shadows and light play on the colors of nature? Does traveling to an exotic location and seeing the unique geography, the rare crystal blue of the Caribbean, or the light houses on Cape Cod inspire you and give you ideas for your work? For some, people are inspiration. Others notice the symmetry or asymmetry of an object, the textures, colors, or pattern. Something as simple as a bird happily singing on a sunny spring morning can inspire you and jump-start your creativity!

What about you? Whether you are a fledgling artist just getting your start or have been creating for years, inspiration is the source of creativity and art. We’d love to hear what motivates and inspires you to create your greatest works!

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