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Where to Find Your Creative Inspiration

May 12, 2016

By its very nature, inspiration does not come from within. Many creative people come up with astonishing ideas seemingly on their own, but inspiration is an impetus to create that is based on something outside of ones’ self.

Even the most creative people cannot function forever in solitude – they need input in order to generate and extrapolate new ideas. Many believe that art is an ongoing conversation that is influenced by and builds on everything that came before.

If this is true, inspiration is crucial to the creative process. So where can you find the inspiration that leads to future creativity? Here are a few resources to consider.


What is art but perspective? You don’t have to look long at works by masters like Dali, Picasso, Monet, and Seurat to understand that they saw and interpreted the world around them in vastly different ways. What made them more creative than most was their ability (and desire) to convey their visions through canvas and paint.

In your own creative journey, you will have many tools at your disposal, and in this day and age, digital tools have become the medium of choice for many emerging artists, as well as those enthralled by the artistic possibilities particular to modern technology. That said, traditional art is still one of the best forms of inspiration for anyone working in a largely visual medium.


Language and art have always been closely intertwined, although a picture can say in a second what it would take minutes to convey with a thousand words. Still, words have the power to evoke images, some would say more fully than a visual representation because the reader is allowed to fill in the blanks.

In other words, literature can be a great source of inspiration for anyone looking to create in a visual medium. Words will spark something different in every imagination, making them an ideal resource for the creative process.


It is said that music has the ability to unlock pathways in the mind – it is a language that we all inherently understand and respond to. It can help us to think in new and different ways. Just consider the emotions evoked when listening to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, the soaring vocals of an Adele song, or even the thunderous cacophony of early Metallica.

Current Events

This idea may seem like poor company for the other sources of inspiration on the list, but you might be surprised the response you have to a news story detailing social injustice, or even a puff piece about a lost dog being returned to grateful owners. These tales of the human condition can have a profound effect on the spirit and the imagination, prompting unanticipated creative output.

Recall Picasso’s most famous work, “Guernica”. This painting was a response to the attack on the village of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Today it is regarded as one of the most powerful criticisms of war ever depicted in art.


These are just a few ideas, but remember that¬†inspiration is quite literally all around you. Go about your daily life with an open mind and spirit of creativity, it won’t be long before your next stroke of genius will find you!