Inspiration can come from anywhere
Inspiration is one of those words that are so easily thrown about. However to find it is another matter. As an artist, it is an essential part of my work. Without it I can’t function. It’s very easy, especially when you are first starting out on the grueling path of creation, for your family and friends to tell you to paint. But when push comes to shove and you are sitting in front of a blank canvas with a paint brush in your hand, often you find yourself staring into oblivion. Doing nothing but twiddling your thumbs, passing the time.
There are many thoughts to what Inspiration actually is. Religious thinkers claim that it is a gift from God, whereas psychologists believe it is part of our inner psyche. I don’t claim to know the answer, but having experienced inspiration, I know it can appear in many forms and occur at any time. I am here to reassure you that inspiration is not as far away as you think. It’s preparing its optimum moment to strike. Hope is still at hand, even though at times, you may feel totally lost, completely out of your depth, contemplating that this painting ‘lark’ isn’t for you after all. I know it sounds like a cliché but Inspiration is all around you.
DON’T GIVE UP!
Recently inspiration hit me in the most unlikely of places. I was watching the film ‘Avatar’ 2009 directed by James Cameron at home one evening with my family when I fell in love with the scenes depicting the beautiful lush habitat on Pandora. The colors were enticing and it brought the imaginary world to life for me. Seeing the native tribe interact in their home environment was my favorite part of the film. My head began to fill with ideas. At first I was thinking to include some aspects of the scene in my artwork but instead I opted to recreate some of the butterflies which appeared, as wall decor. They are all hand made from different colored paper.I created over 100, all individually
designed, different sizes. They took over two months to design and make. They are now in a home in Alicante, Spain situated on the wall and ceiling to give the smallest distance effect. The idea is that they emerge as a bright multicolored flock of butterflies that come from the Mediterranean Sea.
I hope this story seeks to inspire others with their art work.
Tell me what you think?