In order to be surrounded by inspiration and find new ideas, I think it’s important to get out of the house to take a walk, go for a run, or find a pleasant coffee shop for a nice latte. Since I create paintings with wool, the only place I can create my art is inside my house. I can’t create my paintings outside, because the wind will blow the fibers away. Sometimes when I work on something complex, I might not leave the house for a week or two. Then I begin feeling uncreative and start suffering from “artist block”. I need to accept this as a sign to take a break and find a source of inspiration.
My biggest source of inspiration is nature. There are so many places to find inspiration in nature that you can list them endlessly. My favorite places I like to visit are: Central Park in New York, Sandy Hook beach, South Mountain, Watchhug Reservation. I like the peaceful solitude of time in the forest, watching wild animals scamper and play, seeing the beauty of flowers blooming, or listening to the sounds of waterfall or water lapping at a shore. When I go on my vacation I always pick places where I can be in nature, away from big cities and their bustle.
Quotes. I love reading quotes and believe that they can be a great source of inspiration. There’s so much wisdom in the words of the most successful people in history and of today. Whether I’m having a rough day and need a pick-me-up to assure myself that it’s all going to be OK, or whether I’m just looking for a mission statement for the day, reading inspirational quotes help me put one foot in front of the other and make the small or sweeping changes in my life.
Meditation. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary for me to be alone and listen to silence. I always try to find some time and place to clear my mind. The act of sitting still for a short time, emptying the mind, and just focusing on breathing, has a powerful effect on mind, body, and soul, and lets my thoughts spin away from reality.
Always trying to stay positive. This is the most important thing in accomplishing anything. If you enjoy life, accept all the challenges it gives and perceive them as new adventures, you will assuredly succeed. I’m trying to surround myself with positive things. Enjoy what I do, do only what I love and never give up!
Inspiration, truly, is everywhere and can be found all around us if we just take the time to stop, look, and truly appreciate everything that life has given us, even in our toughest moments. From sunrise to sunset, from the morning cup of tea till the supper of the night everything that we cum across, everything that we see, feel, or hear is what we get inspired.