In this series of pages on Inspired Art, I will be focusing on what inspires the artist. Why and how do they do what they do?
The dynamics of which is probably beyond the written language. Simply because there comes a point where reasoning must take the back seat and allow the artist's intuition and passion for their art to take over and run it's course.
Creating inspired art is not a light-bulb moment. It is a complex mix of knowledge, experience and the artist's personal attributes that influence their perception of what they see, and how they express that in their art. Consequently, every artist has the potential to create something unique that no one else can do.
In this series I will be interviewing a number of artists to find out what inspires them to do what they do and the methods they employ to get 'the job done'.
The object being not to analyse or define the artist's creative process. But rather, to highlight the fact that creating art is natural process if you follow the rules. What are those rules? This is where the process starts to breakdown and get a little fuzzy.
Creativity covers a wide range of functions and activities. From the discipline of creating purpose designed items to the seemingly fanciful world of art and music. Then somewhere between is a vast a vast field of creativity activities that react to what is happening at that point in time. As in sport where a creative solution is most often found by a spontaneous or reflex reaction. There is simply no time to think about it. If you do, it will be too late.
Artistic creativity is not totally a logical process; it is mainly a right brain function that tends to right brain tendencies.
The left hemisphere is generally associated with logic, sequencing, and time among other things. Whereas the right hemisphere is usually random, tends to intuitive reasoning, is inclined to risk-taking and is biased to the artist's unconscious or natural abilities.
See the page on 'What is Artistic Creativity?' where this is discuss this further.
For the budding artist it is a process that cannot be read from a book. But rather it is something they need to discover for themselves.
So much of our lifestyle in the modern world today is indelibly linked to reasoning.
It is generally 'excepted' that there are rules, laws standards and procedures for everything we do. Consequently, we depend on logic and if there are no logical reason for doing something we 'tend' to shy away from it.
So often we hear young artists ask 'how can I do that'? So often answer the thrown back at them is 'it takes practice'. As justifiable as that may be, it is only the start to discovering and their own way of doing.
See the page on 'What to Draw?' where this is discuss this further.
To create inspired art the artist needs to push beyond reason, become more adventurous, experiment, and take a few risks.
In that way they will push beyond the norm and discover their own creativity powers.
Then with a little imagination they will be inspired to create that masterpiece.
As said, art is a journey. The destination is meaningless unless the artist has travelled the distance.
I think it can be best summed up by quoting something Michael Jackson said:
'The artist is a link between the human and spirituality'.
See the page on 'What is A Masterpiece?' where this is discuss this further.
The Artists that have agreed to 'expose their secretes' as to what inspires them and the methods they use to create their art will be complied as the information becomes available.