Inspiration Fridays! Get Past Your Blocks and Find Your Inspiration

Inspiration Fridays Sometimes inspiration leaps out from the unexpected and bites us right on the neck. 

Get Past Your Blocks and Find Your Inspiration

It’s 2:00am.  I’ve been on the computer all-day getting ready for our free workshop next week, and I’m inspired.

“I think that the power of art is the power to wake us up, strike us to our depths, and change us.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

Sometimes inspiration leaps out from the unexpected and bites us right on the neck.  As I grow older in my artistic practice, I realize more and more that inspiration is always waiting for me. She’s waiting in my flat files and hiding between my old paintbrushes. I sometimes worry that I’ve been stood up, that this time she’s not going to show. But she does.
“Where have you been?” I snap. “You don’t write…you don’t call…”
“But I’m here,” she says. And then she bites me.

I like to think of it as a love bite, but sometimes it hurts.  When I feel inspiration has gone, I feel abandoned. I feel lost.  It’s a feeling that stems from the naive and irresponsible belief that inspiration is no longer interested in me.  That she’s run out.

8paint Inspirations Fridays When I respond to the call to create, I'm never disappointed.

When I respond to the call to create, I’m never disappointed.

We all get creative blocks from time to time.  And during these ugly droughts, it can be easy to convince ourselves that we are alone. We stare at the empty corner and see nothing but walls. But the truth is, we’ve probably just turned our backs. We’ve made ourselves busy with housework, and accounting, or maybe we’re just scrolling through our phones.

Creativity is everywhere. It pulses at the atomic level. All we have to do is turn around, and look for it. I discovered her alive and thriving, dancing with my team.  I work with an amazing group of creative people. Inspiration finds them all very attractive.  The synergy that’s ignited when we surround ourselves with friends, artists, and colleagues who welcome inspiration is transcendent.  I never really understood how powerfully I needed a community until I found one.

If you’re feeling uninspired or blocked, try connection. We may all work alone in our studios, but art is collaborative. Inspiration lives in all of us, in our ideas, and in our passion.

Do you ever feel like you’ve run out of creativity?

Who is your creative friend?

Where does inspiration live in your house?

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