Every artist, photographer, musician, and writer knows too well that being stuck in an idea rut is a frustrating process.
These are ten things I do to seek out inspiration and keep creativity flowing.
1.Take time to yourself
As much as I enjoy spending time with people and socialising I have to take myself off sometimes and have some me time. It’s important to clear your head and have time with your thoughts to process ideas and explore your own mind.
For me there’s nothing more inspiring than taking time off and just sitting in a field listening to birds sing and watching the trees blow back and fourth in the wind. It’s peaceful and the perfect way to clear your mind.
3.Create when no one is watching
I won’t let anyone look at my work until it’s completely finished it just puts me off. Unfortunately we lose that childlike innocence of obliviousness of those around us and even though I personally pride myself on not caring what others think I don’t think anyone can be completely free of self consciousness. Give yourself the chance to explore obscure ideas freely and don’t be afraid to make mistakes,it’s easier to embrace your mistakes when done privately
4.Don’t force it
The worst thing you can do is force yourself to create something when you just don’t feel like it.The experience should be enjoyable to you and I always think that lack of passion will show in your work.
5.Sketch/draft/jot down ideas
This is basically a catalogue of ideas that you can refer too. I usually get a brainstorm when I’m trying to get to sleep at night so I find it useful to record/draw any ideas I have. I find this process helps give the ‘ eureka’ moment and often a small idea can process bigger ones and turn into a complete piece.
6.Create a scrapbook
Inspiration can sometimes appear out of nowhere and you can find yourself captivated by a picture, an article or even a quote. Print things off your computer, cut pictures out of magazines and keep anything you find motivating . Having a place to collect these ideas is a useful exercise and is a great place to start looking for ideas.
7.Use your emotions
Thinking to a time when your were particularly sad or happy can stir many emotions that can be projected into art or your writing. For instance Edvard Munch’s potent painting -The Scream is said to represent his struggles with anxiety. Channelling your emotions into what you create can produce compelling results.
8.Do it for yourself
Art and other forms of creativity can be very personal. I believe a certain passion and devotion is needed to create something truly amazing, I think it is noticeable when these things are missing. It’s important that you are happy with what you have created, and that is more important than what anyone else thinks.
9. Read, watch, see
Inspiration can be found from all different outlets such as paintings, books and films. If you are a budding artist that doesn’t mean you just have to seek out painting, drawings and sculptures. Centuries ago many artists create works of art heavily influenced by the Bible. For example if you read a beautiful scene from a book it might inspire you to recreate that scene in your paintings.
10.Finding inspiration in your surroundings
It’s not just objects, pictures and passages from books that can invoke inspiration. Just by observing your surroundings you can find something that interests you. That cut down tree, that old lady with deep lines in her face or that old abandoned building can spark of the creative process, practically everything and everyone has a story.
If you have any tips to share please let me know in the comments!