This weeks blog post is written by Co-op member and painter Marjorie Henderson.
Creating an inspiration board is something I create and update every few weeks to help keep inspiration fresh and ideas flowing. I occasionally hear from other artists about how they encounter artist’s block every now and then, and having an inspiration board that speaks to what is floating around in your mind can be helpful. However, this can also have the opposite effect. It can be over stimulating and overwhelming to others.
Being an artist and creating in different environments, I have noticed I respond really well to a clean, organized work area that is brightly lit, with my inspiration board right above my desk. I also enjoy having art and pictures around me that I cannot stop staring at which trigger ideas to no end and bring me a sort of joy. This environment does not work for others. A stark work area devoid of pictures and bright colors, maybe even dimly lit with a desk lamp, is the perfect ambiance needed for other artists. It clears their mind and helps them focus on their creative projects.
Another aspect of the artistic environment is audio stimulation. Do you listen to your favorite rock music from high school while you paint, or do you have to listen to classical music to get you in the groove of drawing? Others crave dead silence. I find it interesting to know how fellow artists work and to see how different we all are in our approach to making art. I personally prefer a mix of upbeat music for painting and more mellow, acoustic compositions while I draw and make jewelry. It’s also amazing how the music can influence your body of work!
What kind of environment helps you create? Share in a comment below.
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