When you are an artist, inspiration is important. This is where you get ideas and motivation on what to paint, sculpt or even write. Sometimes there are times when finding inspiration is hard. This is when you find it hard to finish or start a painting or when you do not know how best to proceed with a sculpture or novel. When these things happen to you, try driving. It can help you find inspiration through the following ways.
Most of the time, we cannot find inspiration because we are too tense. Tension can have a negative effect on the brain. When there is too much cortisol it affects many brain functions. It can also shrink the brain and lowers one’s ability to reduce stress. Driving on the other hand can reduce cortisol levels because drivers only use the most primitive part of the brain to drive. This “autopilot” way od friving frees the mind to pursue other matters that concerns your art.
Nature can provide lots of inspiration for artists. When you’re stressed and want to go for a drive, go to somewhere with lots of trees or a great view. This can reinvigorate the mind give you lots of ideas for inspiration. Nature is also filled with unique shapes, colors and shadows which could serve as your inspiration pallet.
Driving is a very calming activity. First of all it lets you step back from your work. When you are away it has a calming effect because you don’t have to think about it anymore. You can immerse yourself in your driving, the scenery or other aspects of your life. Not thinking about your art can actually calm you and perhaps reboot the brain so that when you go back you will have more ideas on how to proceed.
When you go out for a drive, it is just you, your car and the road. This is particularly true if you drive an exotic car such as Ferraris or Lamborghinis. You can feel the engine roar as it accelerates or purr when you idle. This self pampering can help you recharge. This gives you time to be just yourself and not an artist. If you don’t have an exotic car there are many car rental places in major cities like Vancouver where you can indulge yourself for an hour or two.
Driving can be an enjoyable and pleasurable experience. You can have fun when you drive and forget your worries for a while. You can visit the next town or go near a water source or a lake or go for a long drive simply just to explore. That’s the beauty about driving. You can go anywhere and just be free.
Artists like me also need to stay in shape. Exercising and working out regularly has many benefits to the body. Professionals like me for example have to travel to attend exhibits and staying in shape help to increase our stamina to keep us from getting tired during tours or exhibits. But going to the gym every other day and repeating the same exercises can be boring. The same is true for runners. Here are some tips on how to keep exercise from being boring.
Use Different Equipment
Cardio is one of the most important components of weight loss and exercise. It makes the heart pump faster making you burn fat at a faster rate. Cardio can be in the form of running or using high end gym equipment at home like treadmills, upright exercise bikes and rowing machines. To make it more exciting use different cardio equipment to spice up the cardio part of your exercise.
Try Something New
Many people are gaga over Zumba. It is basically a dance form of exercise with focus on Latin style dancing. Many men are wary to try Zumba most probably because most of the participants are women. But dancing and Zumba is a good and way to sweat and get a workout. Don’t worry if you think you look awkward. You will soon loosen up and enjoy yourself.
If you practice Yoga, try a different kind of Yoga. Bikram yoga is also referred to as hot yoga because it is practiced in a room with very high temperature. Lots of people like Bikram yoga because they sweat more, so more toxins pour out of your system.
If you’re a runner and want variety, lifting weights build muscles which come handy when you’re an artist and have to haul heavy frames and paintings from time to time. It is also a good way to burn fat because fat is heavier than muscle. For good equipment to use which also gives value for your money try adjustable dumbbells. It lets you adjust the weight of the dumbbell by removing or adding weights. These dumbbells can be used to build arm muscle using various exercises.
Another good way to vary workout is by going swimming. Swimming is a good complement to strength training. It is a low impact exercise and there are many pools which offer membership. Another advantage of swimming is affordable gear. Most of us have bathing suits so all we need are goggles and a swimming cap to keep hair off the face. It also helps build endurance and keep the heart and lungs healthy.
Intensity is a big factor especially when you want to see results. The best way to increase muscle strength is to make it work harder not longer. Challenge yourself the next time you’re at the gym by adding a few pounds to your dumbbells.
Studies show that workout and exercise can help increase blood flow to the brain helping boost creativity. This is the reason why you think more clearly after a good workout. Working out also decreases stress levels which is very important for artists.
It doesn’t really matter whether you would like to become a famous painter, a recognized author or writer, a talented and respected web designer, a popular singer or a famous DJ, either way your desire is basically the same, and that is to become a great artist.
Becoming the great artist is actually pretty simple. All you have to do is follow a few basic principles, and you will most certainly become the greatest artist in in no time.
Believe In Yourself!
It is really important for an artist to be able to believe in one’s self. You have to be your own biggest supporter. Believing in yourself will also inspire others to believe in you. But before you even begin to accumulate a base of fans, you will have to be able to support your own dreams, desires, and aspirations. This advice should not be only used by people who would like to become artists, believing in yourself will definitely contribute to your life in all aspects of your life.
2. Be Creative!
If you want to become a great artist, you should be creative. For some people creativity comes really naturally. Whereas, for others it might be difficult to express their creativity, even though they might be very creative people deep down. I believe that we are all creative and that it ultimately boils down to whether you were able to express your creativity or not, and this is something which can be controlled and practiced. Therefore, it is essential that you practice to express your creativity.
3. Be Willing To Experiment!
Being open to experimenting will definitely open the doors for you in the artistic world. If you are someone who is willing to experiment, you will soon become a great artist. This is probably due to the fact that people like fresh, new ideas; and that experimenting precisely develops these aspects of your art.
If you want to become a great artist you must remember to be open-minded and open to suggestions. Make sure and that you don’t take every critic personally, but also make sure that you listen to every opinion about your art, and perhaps even consider it.
Move In Artistic Circles!
Let’s face the truth: you cannot become a great artist if no one has ever heard about your art! Therefore, if you want to become a great artist you must move in artistic circles and promote your work. When people hear about your work, day will give you a positive or a negative feedback. Whether you get, a positive or negative feedback from people who are in the same artistic circles, make sure and that you use the experience to your own advantage. You can learn from the negative experiences, even more so than you can benefit from somebody’s positive opinions about your work. Also, you will probably find understanding in such groups, since people will have the same problems and preoccupations as you do.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents 'Windows on the City: The School of Paris, 1900–1945', an exhibition that charts the key movements of modernism and the artists who came to be known as the École de Paris. April 22 through October 23, 2016.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens 'High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter', an exhibition of some 45 paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, the most renowned portraitist of the courts of Europe during his day. April 17 to August 14, 2016.
'Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World' brings together over 265 objects created through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic kingdoms, with an emphasis on the city of Pergamon. Metropolitan Museum, April 18 – July 17, 2016.
The National Gallery London welcomes spring with an exhibition exploring the evolution of Dutch flower painting over the course of two centuries. This is the first display of its kind in the UK for more than 20 years. 6 April – 29 August 2016.