What is inspiration? Artists use inspiration. Where do artists glean their inspiration from? Is it pinterest, twitter, google, flickr, books, friends, other artists, movies, music?
I see bloggers, photographers, musicians, writers and other art makers that I admire. I wonder what gives them a thrill, what makes their creativity flow. What makes them smile with delight. Where do they find their niche of inspiration?
Some talk and talk about staying inspired. "Be yourself! Be yourself!", They say. But they all look the same. Photos. Artwork. The pattern of their art looks a lot alike, but yet they keep saying that all you have to do is find your creativity, your beauty, your passion.
I want to believe them and just go out there and make my voice heard. "Look at me! Look what I can make!" But there is a problem, a big problem.
We can't do anything by ourselves. We can't take a breath without our Creator. We can't make a tree. We can draw a tree and take a picture of a tree. But if we look around at what makes us create and want to create and what makes us become inspired, it's what God has made. The nature around us, the animals, even people. We draw, capture, sculpt, re-create God's creation.
You might say we're copy cats. Truly, artists love to capture life. We find joy in creating life, because God finds joy in creating life.We find joy in being an artist because God is an artist. We delight in art because God is our inspiration. I hope that my inspiration is always God driven and that my art is God designed and patterned after God's creation. May we as Christian be inspired by our Creator.