Do you need inspiration to create? I’m often asked where I find my inspiration. The short answer is everywhere. There’s a marvelous line from Chuck Close “Inspiration is for Amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” People tell me how they only paint when they are inspired. The trouble with this idea is that inspiration can come at anytime, and if you don’t capture the idea at the time, it’s lost. Ever laid in bed at night and come up with a fantastic idea, only to have forgotten it in the morning? Or, how about this you have a fantastic idea, and try to create it, but it just doesn’t come out as well as you imagine it should? Then you’re discouraged and do nothing for months? In other words, you either fail to capture the moment or the execution fails and you give up. Creativity is like running a marathon. You have to train and eat well for months before the big day. Miss the odd day and you’ll probably be OK. Start running on the day of the marathon and you’ll fail. The secret to inspiration is to keep doing. The more you […]
For any blogger, inspiring blogs are essential reading. These 4 are a source I visit regularly. For advice on the creative process and motivation 1- The 99 Percent Motivation for the creative Entrepreneur or team member. For ways to improve my writing 2- Copyblogger Always worth a read. I’m learning so much new stuff. For Art Business Advice 3- ArtBizBlog.com For practical advice in an easy to digest format. Finally for a creative burst and a chance to be Wowed… 4- This is Colossal Full of wonderful things like this! By far and away my favourite. I could lose myself for hours here. So many talented people and projects all in one space. I know there are others, so do you have any suggestions? Save
Ever see a complete work of art and think something’s missing? What makes art great? It’s an elusive quality. We praise the skill involved, the complexity of details, brushwork, technique and a whole raft of other things. But sometimes what’s left out can add more to a piece than what is included. I was reminded of that seeing this Anthony Green piece at the London Art Fair. The power of minimalism is just that. Finding the minimum needed to make an impact and adding nothing more. Our extraordinary brains enable us to fill in gaps. Through positioning and outline the effect is achieved. Looking at this we can see a head! Even though we know it’s not there… Discovering the Unmask Group on Colossal wowed me even more! Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei make up this talented group. They are transforming three dimensional space with these Dissolving sculptures! With style… And here’s a close up! See more of their work on This is Colossal So, you see, sometimes leaving things out isn’t lazy… It’s creative! And seeing Art like this makes me want to be lazy, I mean creative too. Are you with me?