Some will argue that my own imagination is the greatest inspiration I need to create my art. However, others are convinced my work comes through a spiritual connection to the unseen, unknown and even long forgotten.
Admittedly, spending a lot of time in my own head is important to me and much of my visualization happens in my dreams; I’m just glad I wake up to acknowledge them and store them in my memory. If I lived for an eternity though, I’d never get them all on paper!
How do you turn inspiration into art?
I understand a blank sheet of paper can be very intimidating and many ideas are screaming to be heard in your head, wanting to be the one that makes it to paper! I suppose what I’m trying to say is that it’s good to set yourself some limitations; stick with your initial thoughts until you are sure you’re on the wrong thread, then walk away and relax/meditate, or whatever grounds you once again.
Don't be scared to start again, it’s only a sheet of paper at this stage. I’ve learnt the hard way by pushing on with a picture that never felt right, only to finish it and then hide it away; a waste of time but for the lesson it taught me. A great piece of advice I was given many years ago: Draw what inspires you, some but not all will like or connect with what you’ve put on paper, that is the nature of art and art lovers.
So tell me, what are your inspirations? Where do they originate? How do you let the subject manifest itself onto paper?