Sunday, November 29, 2015

Don't Wait For Inspiration. Do It Now!

Are you in an artistic rut? Having trouble finding inspiration? You are not alone. Many artists have this problem. Few of them actually break through.

Many of you may be saying to yourself "I'm not feeling it right now", "I don't have enough time", or "I need a break, I'll paint tomorrow."

This is human nature. It is also the poison that will keep you from creating anything.
The times when we hit home runs in terms of our artwork are few and far between, so we must be producing all the time, even if the work is below our standards...

Sometimes when I have no ideas, no good compositions, nowhere to begin, I simply go into the studio and begin prepping for it. I prime canvases and boards with white paint, tape down watercolor paper to gator board, clean and organize a little bit, and go over my sketches from the last few weeks.

We have brilliant sparks along the way, but the truth is we forget them very easily. Sketchbooks can be one way of recording inspiration as it happens. It can bring back memories that may be a starting point for a new painting.

The point is do something....put paint or pencil to paper, and do it right now. Don't aim for a masterpiece, just aim for doing it. Things can happen in the process of creativity that can not be planned for analytically in the human brain....

....and contrary to what you are telling yourself, YOU DO HAVE TIME. Perhaps you've got your priorities mixed up a bit. Maybe you don't get much inspiration while you're watching The Voice, The Walking Dead, or America's Got Talent. 

Have a great weekend. DO IT NOW.

~Derek Gundy