Uninspired? It’s Only Temporary

August 2, 2014 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Paintings,Personal Development | Comments (0)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWe all have moments, or maybe even years go by, when we  feel uninspired and wish we could find that magic  to do something creative or rewarding. Inspiration is about the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something special but it might be simply just to DO SOMETHING.

In the art world, we often talk about inspiration and where it comes from and how get it.  There are even workshops to help with “inspirational block” similar to writer’s block. If you talk to a dozen artists about where they get their inspiration from, each has a different answer. It is particularly important to artists to learn how to tap into that magic as it is critical to their livelihood.

Whether an artist or not, inspiration can be just as important in ones everyday life. Being inspired allows us to respond in a positive way from the right mental stimulation, feel something extraordinary, and do those things that bring joy and added excitement. Those who feel inspired tend to have a more rewarding life filled with unexpected pleasure.

For example, I learned a valuable lesson years ago when I met a man who was a master gardener and his property was surrounded with beautiful gardens, gorgeous plants and flowers artistically displayed. It was a masterpiece and inspired many in our neighborhood to plant and learn more about gardening.  But the biggest reward was how this man brought our little neighborhood together where friendships grew as much as the interest in gardening. Because of this one experience, gardening is a special time for me.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and often becomes a gateway to new friendships.  The inspiration we collectively felt by this one individual was a turning point for our little neighborhood and I often think about how it applies to life in general.

The key to tapping into inspiration is to be aware of your surroundings, those around you and your own thoughts.  For artists, taking time to visit an art gallery might  be the impetus to finding the inspiration they need to create their next masterpiece. For the rest of us, inspirational block is typically temporary and the key to unlock ones creativity can be closer than you know. Walt Disney said it best, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”

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