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How To Find Inspiration As An Artist

Occasionally you need a little help to find inspiration as an artist. Some days you just don’t have the vision or inspiration to paint or draw.

You want to create. Your fingers itch with the need to hold a pencil or brush.

You stare at your canvas hoping something will miraculously pop into your head.  You arrange your work space comfortably, fiddle around with the placement of your tools, stare out the window but your mind remains blank. 

Those are the days you need to dig a little deeper and search for inspiration to get past the artist’s block. Here are some ideas to help you find inspiration as an artist. 


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Inspirational Music


Listening to music sets a mood in your studio and can get the creative juices flowing.  Anything from Mozart to Metallica can be the trigger to find inspiration as an artist. 

If your usual playlist isn’t doing it for you, try something new to you such as music your teenager enjoys.

If you play an instrument, a session with your guitar or piano can often clear your mind and let inspiration in.





View Other Art to Find Inspiration


Looking at other works of art online or in books or magazines can trigger an inspiring idea.  It doesn’t have to be in your genre. 

Any art work can be inspiring. From painting to sculpture to architecture to preschool finger painting, viewing other creativity can jump start the creative process in you and help you find inspiration as an artist.



Take Pictures



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Take lots of pictures where ever you go.  Most people have phones with cameras these days so taking pictures is easy.  They may not always be the best quality for reference photos, but they can provide inspiration and new ideas. 

Try taking photos from unusual angles or very close up.  A different perspective on an everyday object can help you find inspiration and inspire a masterpiece.


Reference Photos for Inspiration


Having a file of reference photos can be a font of ideas for the artist.  There are many royalty free sites that provide free reference photos for artists. 

Check out my post on where to find free reference photos.

Make sure the photos you use are royalty free and are free for commercial use.

Photos you google or cut from magazines are not generally free to use and are the property of the photographer. 

There are also many sites that have reference photos for artists for a small fee or yearly subscription. Browsing through photos can help you find inspiration. 


Take a Hike!


Many artists find walking in nature, no matter what the weather, can be very inspiring.  The landscape, colors, wildlife and fresh air can calm, relax and relieve stress.  

This combination can leave the mind open to inspiration. Artists can find inspiration in the simple, natural things in life.





Doodling is not only fun and relaxing, it can provide you with new creative ideas. 

Just pick up a pencil and start drawing.  Don’t concern yourself with form and subject, just let your pencil go wherever your hand takes it. 

You never know what piece of art lurks inside your subconscious. Read my post on How To Start A Sketchbook for some tips.



Watch Painting Videos for Inspiration


Watching video tutorials by other artists on YouTube can inspire you to create your own art.   There are thousands of videos ranging from beginner to advanced available on line. 

Watching someone else create can motivate and inspire you to make your own piece of art. Check out this post to see some of my favorite tutorials.


Cheat on Your Genre


Sometimes you just need a change. Maybe you’re are a little bored with your medium. It may be time to try something new. 

If you are a painter, for example, you may like to try sculpting or drawing with colored pencils.

Combining several mediums together to produce a mixed media piece may be something that gets your creativity going.  Just using a different combination of colors and textures can be very inspiring.

Blueprint has some great ideas if you want to try something new. Check out there online classes. Take a Free Blueprint Class and learn something new!


Create a Vision Board


A vision board is a great creative tool.  You can use a virtual one such as a file on your computer, or a board on Pinterest or you can make a hard copy and hang it on your studio wall. 

Just pin or paste color combinations you like, geometric shapes, unusual photos or anything that catches your eye.  These little snippets can be the basis for a future piece.

Having them accessible and visible during a period of artist’s block can trigger a great idea for a new piece of work.


I hope you find these suggestions helpful in motivating you to create art when you out of ideas or don’t feel like painting.

You are welcome to join our free Facebook group Trembeling Art Creative Corner where you can get more ideas and inspiration and interact with other artists. 

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Have any other ideas to get past artist’s block? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

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