How I stay motivated and inspired to create
As an artist, and automatically, an entrepreneur, it can be difficult at times to remain inspired, motivated and keep moving forward. Being your own boss, working alone, and having no one to answer to – is rather tempting at times to go for an extra long walk, meet up with friends for too many coffees and basically goof off!
I find no matter how motivated I am – there is always a call from home, friends or something that distracts me and leads me away from the studio. With this in mind – there is also the need to stay inspired (not just motivated to work) and with no one to bounce new ideas off or to give advice or critique my work – there’s always a chance you can become blocked and hit a creative wall.
Over the last 25 years of painting professionally I’ve discovered many different techniques that help me stay on my creative path, keep me inspired, grounded and focused.
2. Walking the land
If I could walk the outback land every day I would. Instead I walk around where I live – the beaches and coastline of Northern Beaches in Sydney. Not a bad place to live!
Someone recently said that walking barefoot on the sand or upon the earth charges us with the energy we require – like a battery – we need this connection with the land. While walking every day I observe the ever changing light; the natural forms, lines, shapes and colours. There is nothing I can do to make nature more perfect however it remains my inspiration and I am in constant wonder walking upon this planet. If I’m a little flat – there is nothing like a walk on the land to fix it. It really allows me to let go of the thoughts that can sometimes be a story in my head – or an overwhelming list of to-do’s – while walking I can’t help but let it all go – I literally walk right through it – and then I’m more open to create on the other side.
4. Networking with like minded creatives
5. Car/ Caravan Trips
While I enjoy walking along the beaches and coast near Manly where I live – I crave to just hop in the car or caravan and take off for a long weekend or week of meandering. After packing the paint, sketch books, a couple of canvases and easel – I’m off!
There are so many places available in Australia to visit and it’s not expensive to travel by car. I don’t have to go far. I love visiting Hill End, Yerranderie, Blue Mountains, Bouddi National Park, Colo River and around the Snowy Mountains region. Even further afar there are places like Lake Mungo National park, Lake Kinchega, Flinders Ranges and other pristine national parks await. So many sketch books brimming with ideas!
6. Art Gallery Visits / Reading about the Masters
Art gallery visits are essential. I always take my sketch book or journal and write notes. There’s nothing like another artists’ wonderful creation in front of me to stay inspired.
I also visit the local library and borrow their art books. They have so many. I have far too many now lined up ready to read and devour and they’re expensive!! So I read on my breaks – their lives, history, the techniques – and flip through the images – so many of the great masters have had fascinating lives. Staying fascinated with other artists is a way to keep motivated to show up at the canvas and push through vanilla moments or even those difficult creatively ‘blocked’ times.
So no matter what I am thinking or feeling, whether in a contracted or expanded state, I constantly return to the land for artistic, divine and deep inspiration. It’s such a true source of spiritual connection you can’t go wrong.