Inspiration is Everywhere

Every artist finds themselves feeling uninspired once in a while. For example, I’ve been drawing tree women for months and, while I love my girls, I want to shift my focus and work on something else. Here are 5 ways I’ve been looking for new inspiration and a refreshed point of view.

Here’s a brand new drawing I created from a combination of colours I’m drawn to right now, some twisted trees that came to mind, and a figure pose I found on Pinterest, I then altered her hair, clothing, and overall aesthetic. Yeah, creativity!

  1. Go for a walk or look out a window and study what you see. It may look like just more trees, or other houses, or a parking lot but if you look closer there’s so much more going on. People are coming and going, lights twinkle at night if you’re in a city, stars twinkle if you live somewhere rural. There’s so much to see and ponder. It might not happen all at once but if you listen closely there’s inspiration everywhere you look.
  2. Relax. Relax. Relax. Putting pressure on yourself to produce new art is unlikely to make things happen, although my next point will directly contradict this point, it just depends on what kind of person you are. Both techniques often lead to new and exciting, quality work.
  3. Set a reasonable deadline and stick to it. For many people having a deadline to keep them working towards something. Personally, I am motivated to write by deadlines to some degree but when it comes to drawing I put less pressure on myself. As long as I practice every day I know I’ll get to something fresh and exciting in the near future.
  4. Look for inspiration in your immediate surroundings. It may sound strange but check out the shadows that cross the different rooms in your house throughout the day. Look at the shapes and design of your furniture and decor. Then ask yourself how you can incorporate some of these shapes into your work.
  5. Pinterest is a great source for inspiration. Never directly copy anything, unless it’s just for practice and not to be shown as your original work. I have files for figure inspiration, faces to draw, shapes, illustration style, trees, water, and more. Any time I’m looking for something to practice or if I want to draw a Trump cartoon, I head to Pinterest and pull out the picture I want to use. When I’m feeling uninspired I scroll through and add all sorts of new ideas to my files and soon enough I’ve found several ideas to combine and add my own twist to in order to create something exciting and new.

I hope these few ideas for finding inspiration are helpful. Using your creativity is a great way to cope with pain and mental illness, I know this first hand, unfortunately. Creativity is by no means going to solve all your problems but I find it to be an integral part of my path to coping with chronic pain and mental illness to the best of my ability.

Please let me know if you have any special techniques you use to stir up your creative juices. As always, I love to hear from you.

K

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Grocery Hell Update

Woohoo! Such amazing response from my last post. You guys blew me away with your kindness, and willingness to give me your great ideas and pieces of advice.

Apparently a plethora of different people want to simplify shopping, such as; busy moms and dads juggling careers and kids, seniors unable to drive or suffering from various health conditions, people who simply abhor shopping, those with physical and mental disabilities like me, and folks who’d rather save the time it takes to shop and use it to focus on things more important to them. I honestly had no idea how many people are looking for ways around getting groceries but boy am I glad as they offered ideas by the boatload!

Several delivery services in Calgary were mentioned and I decided delivery would suit me best. I settled on Save On Foods, although I may give CO-OP a try in the future. There’s also an organic service called Spud that seems a little on the expensive side but I may also give them a whirl in the future just for comparisons sake. Stay tuned.

So, how was my experience with Save On Foods you ask? T’was a liberating, stupendous, relief of an experience, an overall thrill😁

I downloaded the app, browsed the items on sale and was easily able to find what I was looking for as everything was well categorized. If I found I couldn’t find something the search button solved that problem easily.

I was able to choose a two hour time slot during which they’d deliver. The delivery arrived promptly within the time slot and the delivery person was cheerful and friendly. The service also passed the produce test with flying colours. I couldn’t have chosen the oranges, pears, and pineapple I ordered better myself. The meat I ordered was also well chosen.

The delivery cost was $12.95 which is a small price to pay when I consider the average trip to the grocery store leaves me to a painful recovery lasting two or three days. Instead of prolonged recovery I was able to cook dinner the day I received my delivery which would have been classified as a bloody miracle had a gone to the store.

All in all grocery delivery is life changing for me and really lifts my spirits. I may not be able to fix my chronic pain but there are ways of making it easier to live with.

K