by Janet Glatz
Some artists adhere to the belief that you should just keep painting, no matter whether you feel like it or not. This may be true for some--maybe young artists who need all the experience they can get, for instance. But for a 25 year veteran like me, this is often a waste of time.
Painting without inspiration and excitement is about as interesting to me as housework. If I can't conjure up a great idea that makes my pulse quicken, or find some reference photos to cobble together into a killer panorama, forget it.
How do I find inspiration? A few ways:
You get the idea--just open your eyes and your mind and sooner or later, something will hit you. I usually have several ideas to choose from, which I put next to each other on my desktop. Then I leave them alone for a couple of days. The first one to stand out when I go back to them is the one I use as a starting point for a new painting.
As a last thought, don't be afraid to paint something you've done before; my next project is a new take on my best selling subject: Bass Harbor Light. I think you'll be surprised how different is will be when you see it.
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