Finding Inspiration for Your Artwork

Finding inspiration in the activities you love

For many of us, we face difficulties including writers block or we struggle to find inspiration for our art. And as it turns out the most effective way is to find inspiration in the activities that you love and that make you happy.

Finding Inspiration in nature

People have been turning to nature since the beginning of time! Nature has inspired some of the worlds greatest pieces of artwork from the sky (Starry Night) to the Forest (Bob Ross), and more scientifically, it has inspired consumer products which mimic nature to solve problems. For example, velcro mimics those pesky burrs you get in the woods, and electronic screen borrow ideas from butterfly wings.

Nature has come to humans rescue in almost every aspect of our lives, and most commonly it is without us even realizing it.  These benefits inspire revelations everyday across the globe. So how can you find inspiration in nature?

  • Go for a walk in a nearby park.  Go for a walk at a State park.
  • Take a camera outdoors, in your back yard or a park, and take a picture of anything and everything that catches your eye.
  • Draw or paint a scene outside an area that you’ve been to many times. Notice new and small details.
  • Watch Planet Earth to explore the sky, oceans, forests, caves, deep sea, plains, and the Earth’s natural beauty.
  • Meditate on your thoughts. Try this at a park.
  • Practice Yoga outdoors.
  • Listen to the sounds in either a new or familiar area.

Finding Inspiration in Yourself

You are a great source of inspiration and understanding both your strengths and weaknesses will allow you to fully embrace your full potential. Find yourself by:

  • Turn off your Facebook, Instagram, and cell phone for a day. Take this time to write in a journal or notebook or diary.
  • Try something new that will either push your body physically or mentally.
  • Take a day off.  Do nothing but the things you enjoy.
  • Acknowledge and write down or embrace your strengths.
  • Relive an experience or accomplishment that had a positive impact on your life or someone you love.
  • Sing in the shower or sing in the car!

Find Inspiration in Other People

People can be products of the environment and choices they make.  So find inspiration in the people and actions of other people around you!

  • Ask your friends and neighbors what they are grateful for today.  Or what they are most grateful for this year.
  • Ask your close friends to explain and describe the thing that they love the most in life. Take note of the words and expressions they have when describing.
  • Ask someone you love what they find inspirational about you.
  • Ask someone you love the most important or life changing they they have ever learned.
  • Read the autobiography of someone who you look up to.
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Write an email to your favorite author or musician.
  • Ask your parents or grandparents what you were like when you were young.
  • Ask your parents or grandparents what they were like when they were young.

Find Inspiration in the Future or the Possibilities you can Create

Looking into the future that you can influence and that you can create can inspire you to do great things.  So take a few moments to look at ways you find inspiration and how you can positively influence the future.

  • Think of where you want to be in the future.
  • Create a vision board to help remind yourself of your future goals.  Hang this somewhere you see every day.
  • Try something you have always wanted to but never really made the time for.
  • Find someone to help mentor. As a mentor unlock your leadership potential and help teach someone.
  • Create a bucket list.  Do this with friends and family.

Regardless of the way you find inspiration be sure to inspire and bring out the best in people around you.

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