How to find inspiration – My mini adventure in Riverside Park in Glenrothes

I have been asked on numerous occasions, how do you find inspiration? and the follow up question, how do you stay inspired?  This is both an easy and difficult question to answer.  It is easy because there are simple things that can be done to find inspiration.  It is only difficult to know what will work for everyone as it is very individual.  What works for me might not be your jam.  Plus there are so many different ways to find inspiration I could not fit it all in one post.  I myself have a variety of different things I like to do to find inspiration.  Today I would like to share one of my favourite ways to be inspired.  Want to know more? continue to read.  A video is also available at the end of the article.

It was a lovely day out, well it was for Scotland lol  The sun was out but it was threatening to rain.  However,  being Scottish and knowing that it is just as likely it will not rain for a while, I decided to take a chance and go for it.  I collected my camera gear and went to Riverside Park in Glenrothes, Fife.

As an artist, I know how important reference can be to my painting and with copyright law being a little complicated, I like to take my own photos.  I also consider photographs as art in itself, therefore consider myself a photographer too.  So two perfectly good enough reasons to take photographs, wouldn’t you agree?  Let me know in the comments what you think.

I also recorded some video footage so produced a small film of my adventure to the park, this can be found at the end of this article if you scroll down.

On arrival to the park I was greeted by one of the many concrete hippos that can be found dotted around.  I grew up playing on some of the hippos that can be found in Glenrothes lol

From here I headed up to “The Good Samaritan” a Sculpture by Ronald Ray, commissioned to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Glenrothes New Town.   There have been a number of sculptures commissioned over the years and worth further investigation and a visit if you are ever in Glenrothes Fife, Scotland.  The sculpture can be seen from the carpark off the Leslie Road.

sculpture by Ronald Rae

After taking a few pictures of this sculpture I moved on round to find the maze and Arboretum and find them I did.  The maze was actually really good fun.  I am 100% sure that kids could have hours of fun running around pretending to get lost in the maze.  Though I suspect a few have cheated already as I found this hole lol

I found a hole, that’s cheating…

Once I found my way out of The Maze, I made my way over to the Arboretum, not fully shown in the video, there is a small glimpse of it on my way to the Maze.  It is a really cool metal structure that I had fun photographing.  The sun reflected off the metal so it challenged my skills as a photographer but that is ok, as it was fun and it helped me to improve. Plus it gave me some great photos, see for yourself.

look at the detail
cool in B&W

This is only a small fraction of what is available in the Park at the centre of the Town, commonly known as the Town Park.

For me going out and experiencing nature is inspiring to be creative.  Being creative, such as filming my mini adventure is also inspiring for me.  Although I have not painted any of my photos I took at the park, does not mean to say I was not inspire to paint.  I have painted a few projects on the back of the inspiration I felt on my trip to the park.  Thinking of one thing can trigger a spark of an idea for something completely different and that is ok.

You see, you don’t have to go swim with the dolphins to be inspired to paint a dolphin, though I admit it would be pretty cool to do so, and can be a great way to be inspired.  There is nothing wrong with finding other alternative ways to be inspired when the obvious is not possible.    It is also not about seeking out the thing you want to paint, it is about finding that feeling, that motivation, that spark of an idea.  Call it what you want but experiencing life is a way to fuel creativity.   Chances are if you swim with dolphins you may find a spark of an idea that does not even involve painting a dolphin.  Don’t take my word for it, try something you enjoy doing and see if you can find that, inspiration, that spark of an idea.  You could also let me know how you get on.  I would love to read what your thoughts are on the subject.  Leave me a comment below, let’s start a discussion.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you found my article in some way inspirational.  My video is available to watch below, enjoy.