Nature is the best inspiration for me. I get most of my ideas while walking through the park or taking a late night stroll under the stars. There are so many textures, colors, and shapes just right out your back door.
It's a mystery, I see a subject and think I would like to paint it. Everybody sees the same thing but I think I see something they don't. For example 10 artists paint the same scene but you get 10 different paintings. I think design is what makes the difference, balancing shapes, values and colors into an entertaining picture. Of course there are a lot of technical things to consider, soft edges, graying down colors, focal point, colors that go well with each other and so on.
Actually I find the resources for inspiration in almost everything and everywhere. First of all people around me and secondly faces from the photos, especially from old photo shoots. As I am a big movie admirer, I find interesting portraits also in film screens, books and so on and so on.
My ideas come out of the practice of making. They usually involve looking for different ways of seeing, looking or exploring. They are about observation of my surroundings, my environment.
All things are inspirational for me. The turn of a phrase, a classic quote, people watching, cultural and ecological woes, old adages, or simply twisting the mundane ...again that thinking outside the box concept.
Considering that I sculpt bracelet charms, even a toaster will give me inspiration. :)Objects in life, animals and LOVE insprire a lot for me. My friends also inspire me and give me good ideas to work with. They let me know about things they haven't seen me make yet, therefore helping me make more charms for more people to enjoy.
Inside me. I ask my Higher Self what the picture should look like. It shows me and I dra it.
In my opinion the best thing everybody can rely on is nature.
Gosh, the ideas come from everywhere. Books, movies, children I see out in public.
The expressions of attitude, emotion, and intent as captured in one fleeting moment of the human form.
Ideas for pieces of art stem from environmental stimuli. Inspiration can come from the little things in life, like objects seen in the street or words, conversations, and songs you hear. To me, inspiration is that moment when things just seem to click, or fall into place, and suddenly you just know exactly what to do.
Idea is something wonderful that cames when it pleases and you can't just make them. With them sometimes comes inspiration, which helps making the idea come true.
Ideas for me come pretty randomly, from all places. I usually take bits of things that I've seen that inspire me and combine them into something new. For example, a tree with old, twisted roots, a pattern in the wood grain on a desk that looks like a creature's face, the colors on an autumn leaf. Once I'm inspired by something small like that, it often builds up to a full on painting, the face I saw in the wood becomes a dragon, and the colors I saw in the leaf become the pattern on its hide.
Music plays an important role for me, when mulling over ideas. It's nice to just be able to space out and mull over the ideas I have in my head, and polish them into something solid.
Looking at the work of other artists can be very inspiring as well. Recently I've been struck by the amazing lighting some people put into their paintings and drawings, and it's inspired me to push myself to become better at incorporating interesting lighting schemes in my work.
Ideas are usually born from a whim. I will often have sudden moments of inspirations, in which I will shut myself in a room and skecth out a ton of scribbles and doodles.
An idea is born out of inspiration. Or in my case, out of random. Usually while I'm listening to music or I'm deep in thought, poetry starts running through it's head, depending upon my mood to set it's tone. I'll be working on a test, or listening to a lecture, and out of the blue, here comes an idea for a picture! I look around, see the sights, and hey! There's a pose that'd make a good photograph! It all just comes as it is, with no limits or expectations. Dreams, reality, or instruction, inspiration is about as random as the weather of my city St. Louis for me. And though it can be a pain in the ass sometimes, I enjoy it as well.