Inspiration has been a popular topic at this site since its inception in 2011. Many of our articles have been structured around inspiring creativity, giving ideas for creating art and overcoming artists block.
These are our most inspirational posts for the past year.
Stay tuned for many more future articles on this topic that will inspire and motivate you to create more art!
- 99 Inspirational Art Quotes
These are a few of my favorite quotations from artists about art and creativity. Reading these helps to affirm what I already feel about art, and inspires me to create more. Here are some of my favorite art quotes:
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” Vincent Van Gogh
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol
- 18 Things that Artists Hate to Hear
Sometimes people say things to me about my art, such as how long it takes to create a certain artwork, or that I charge too much.
Many do not understand the time it takes to create individual pieces, neither do they understand that I have years of artistic practice behind each piece. After hearing many of these statements during my life, I have learned not to take them too seriously.
Yes, I have my own replies for people who say these things about my art.
But, there will always be people who have their own misconceptions about art and artists – and dwelling on negativity is counter-productive.
- Cool Drawing and Painting Ideas to Stimulate Your Creative Spirit
This is the first part of a series on drawing and painting ideas.
In this post, I share several ideas that should inspire and motivate artists to create art – drawing and painting people, animals, plants, buildings, objects around the house, doodling, reference photographs, and more.
- Drawing and Painting Exercises from Daily Life
This is part 2 of the drawing and painting ideas series. This covers several projects and exercises for art making. Here are some of the ideas to inspire creativity:
★ Paint or draw common things in your day to day life.
★ Start an ambitious project.
★ Create art based on places you have travelled.
★ Paint and draw things based on music and poetry.
★ Use dreams to inspire artworks.
★ Look online for inspiration.
★ Copy the artwork of an historical masterful artist.
- 20 Art Inspiration Ideas for Creativity
This article features 20 more ideas that should inspire artists to create. Some of these are included in the previously mentioned list, but you will find many original ideas here as well.
These are some of the inspiration ideas talked about in this post:
★ Take lost of photographs
★ Read a book
★ Take a hike
★ Stay healthy
★ Collaborate with artists
★ Talk to senior citizens
★ Communicate often
- Overcoming Creative Block
Artists block refers to the artist’s inability to think of ideas for the creation of artwork. It can be caused by many things, such as stress and mourning the loss of a loved one. I have suffered creative block during such times, so I know how it feels.
In this post, I share how I have coped with creative block in my own artistic life.
- How to be a Successful Artist
What is a successful artist?
The answer would vary coming from different people. For some it’s making lots of money from art, while others would feel successful by receiving recognition and notoriety. Of course, there are artists who are completely satisfied without receiving either notoriety or money for their art. Their success is a personal thing, from bettering their craft along with expressing themselves through their art.
This post gives a structured approach for those who want outward success in their art career:
✔ Create a focus for your art
✔ Develop a unique style
✔ Work hard, be consistent, and don’t give up.
✔ Promote your art!
- Inspiration from Child Art
Child art is very basic and simple. Children draw what they see, what they know, and what they are feeling. They use very basic lines and strokes to translate their ideas to paper.
I have often became inspired by watching my children drawing or painting. Sometimes I give them one of my small canvases and have several different colors in a paper plate, and let them paint away. Its very interesting to see what they come up with.
- How to Set Goals for your Art
For success as an artist, it is important to set goals.
The best way to approach goal setting is to make large goals and divide these up into a set of smaller, easier to obtain goals.
This article explains this process, and details how to do that.
- Overcoming Procrastination and Being Productive
In his internet and technology age, there are so many distractions that may take time from creation of art. Facebook, video games, internet, movies, television, and more can be great causes for procrastination and unproductivity if used in excess. This article is about how I have dealt with procrastinating and not being productive in my own artistic life.