I got a kick out of yesterday’s Artsy Shark post showing 25 different artists in their studios with their thoughts on what inspires their own creativity. The artists were asked “What inspires you? How do you express your creativity through your art?”
It got me thinking, of course, about how I would answer those questions. I related to many of the artists’ answers, but as unique beings we all have our own variations on any given theme. I agree that it can be a spiritual experience. In fact, I started using the expression Inner Space about ten years ago to describe the sensation of going really deep into my art making. Suddenly all this space would open up inside me and it was such a pleasure to luxuriate in it. Do I always feel that? No. But there are so many other lovely associations and pleasures that come from making art for me, that it doesn’t always have to be like that.
As far as what inspires me, I often get excited about great looking buildings, or pairs or groups of buildings that look unexpectedly cool in juxtaposition to one another. Here in Boston, I get to see a lot of that. And then there are animals – the dogs, cats, wabbits, birds, lions, fish, elephants, giraffes and more of the world that maybe make me feel that little bit of wildness inside me. Animals, like buildings, seem to find their way into my art. Patterns and graphics inspire me, as do dreamy, ethereal, beautifully colored scenes. This mash-up of inspirations may be what results in much of my work being multi-layered. Otherwise, how would I fit it all in?
Read Artsy Shark’s Art Studio Visit: What’s Your Creative Inspiration?
Pictured: “Escape” © 2014 Paula Ogier
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