"The artist must raise the cup
of his vision aloft to the gods,
in the high hope that they
will pour into it the sweet
mellow wine of inspiration."
~ Paul Brunton
For me, INSPIRATION is imagination coupled with emotion and enthusiasm. And it usually comes when I least expect it. A fleeting thought, a happy accident, just getting into the painting process, something someone says or does, can all trigger it. Belief and contemplation of a connection to a Higher Power, can also inspire creativity to kick into gear. It usually happens at a time when my critical left brain is tired or distracted because the analytical does not mesh well with the intuitive state. I'll admit, as I've said before, I've always been a very right brained person, so it is easier for me to listen to that side anyway. As Einstein said; "Imagination is more important than knowledge." and without it there can be no inspiration, but that's a subject for another post. For me, being in a relaxed state and getting into the zone are key. I don't drink wine, but a couple of beers can sometimes do the trick!
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One of the highlights of these challenges for me has been meeting some totally amazing and inspiring artists and bloggers! There are so many interesting stories and it's always so great to reconnect with old and make some new online friends! The art and opportunities are so diverse out there, it boggles my mind and broadens my horizons!
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So, I'd really love to know,
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?