How to find inspiration for art?

 

A blank canvas… has unlimited possibilities.”

~Stephanie Perkins

Whether you are a beginner painter or a seasoned artist, the process of finding inspiration is something we all engage in time and again. And while it is often said that looking for inspiration is for amateurs that not necessarily true.

For some beginner artists looking for inspiration could be due to difficulties getting into their creative head-spaces and meet the ‘urge’ to dump their anxieties on canvases. Or the creative block could arise out of the need to try something different from one’s usual painting subjects.

Whatever the reason know that finding inspiration is essential part of painting process and not something limited to beginner painters.

Many professional artists also experience creative blocks but usually have strategies in place to overcome them.

Here are 3 easy ways for beginner artists and experts alike to get started on your path to finding inspiration to paint

  • Observe the ‘masters’

Spend time observing and appreciating art. Visit art galleries and shops. Observe the various interpretations of subjects you like by other artists. There is so much we can learn from the greats who came before us such as Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Observe the greats, to gain inspiration and learn from them.

  • Draw from the environment

Awaken your senses to the beauty in our natural environment. Nature is an infinite source of patterns, textures and colours. Observe, breathe, hear, smell, and feel nature’s bounty to draw an endless source of possibilities to paint from.

  • Explore the Web

Explore art tutorials from books and videos online. Referring tutorials not only helps finding inspiration but also for troubleshooting a specific technique that is difficult to grasp. YouTube offers a rich resource for learning from artists across the world sharing their skills and demonstrating how to troubleshoot issues with a technique all available to you at the click of a mouse.

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