“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” said Picasso. And I couldn’t agree more.
There’s been many times when I’ve felt uninspired, looking at a canvas not knowing what to paint next, almost trying to do anything else except painting. But I noticed that by just starting to paint something, after a few initial moments of resistance, suddenly something shifts and the process comes alive. I get excited and I can see what needs a bit more light, what needs more shadows, rocks, mist etc. And before I know it, I’m again in the “inspiration zone”. And most of the times the work resulting from these moments is my favorite because of its unexpected nature. I look at it and it’s as if I don’t know where it came from.
A great way to practice this has also been painting during trips, in different spaces, climates and conditions. I always take my @strada.easel with me and create a portable studio painting setting. I’ve been really enjoying exploring more of the Rockies in preparation for upcoming paintings. And the inspiration I’m able to find while working on location is invaluable.
Find what you love, and let inspiration find you working on it!