How to be inspired and know what to draw.

A question that is commonly asked is “how do you stay inspired”  Well, I am here to tell you there is no short answer, no one single right way for everyone to stay inspired.  We are all individual so we all have individual needs.  What inspires one person does not inspire another.  I know that answer does not really help you, so I will try to answer in a more helpful way.  If I tell you what inspires me, that might in turn inspire you to try something different.

What keeps me inspired is to live life as best as I can.  To interact with others and get out and about as much as my current health will allow me.  I will visit local parks or places of interest.  I live close by the sea so there are beaches to visit as well.

Having said that, I have not been getting out and about as much as I would like.  I also know there are many who cannot get out at all.  So I would like to share with you the story of what inspired me for the featured art journal page.  This inspiration did not require me to go out of my house.  Please note, I am not advocating staying in as the preferred option but showing that it is possible to be inspired even if you are unable to go out.  The time lapse process video of how I painted the sphere with reflections is available for you to watch.  Just scroll down to the end of this article for access.

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One simple step to overcome blank page syndrome

Have you ever felt you wanted to create art but when it came to it you froze as you did not know what you actually wanted to draw/paint? I have loads of times.  Some of that freeze is down to what is known in the creative world as the “blank page syndrome”.  It can also be down to our own perceptions of what we think we “should” be doing verses what we believe we “can” do, in other words our self confidence but that is a whole different conversation lol Today I am exploring the blank page………

That moment you get, say, your art journal out, you open it up and you are faced with the blank page.  How do you get from staring at that blank page to actual creating? There are actually a number of different ways you can overcome this.  Todays article is an explanation of one simple way that I recently used to create an art journal page, to help me overcome blank page syndrome.  To find out the answer read on. A timelapse process video of the art journal page is also available at the end of this article.

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