Ideas and inspiration come from...everywhere...all the time. It's hard to describe, really. Just the act of seeing is enough. Like yesterday, I came through my own front door, the most boring, average, uninteresting door you can get but the sun hit it in such a way that I thought, 'God, that's beautiful! I must remember to get some shots and do a painting of that!'
Suddenly something strikes your mind and then you get an idea! Inspiration is something you can learn from and get encouragement.
My main inspiration is nature and recreating it in ribbon.
Also a piece of fabric, lace, button may bring ideas.
An idea, for me, is born from dreams and spirituality. My dreams are vivid and detailed in both imagery and backstory, and some of my greatest achievements have come from my dreams.
Like many artists, an idea or insipration for me can come from anywhere, at anytime and any place. The key is to nurture those starting points and build on them. I bounce a lot of my ideas off of my girlfriend Claire, who is very understanding and supportive of my work.
Movies, games, books, other artist's work and nature are my central wells for inspiration but like I said, I can find an idea in almost anything.
I'ts like 'growing an embryo' from an idea towards the final artefact, trhue meditation,action and material execution.
Ideas are born by shutting up and listening.
I enter the void, by meditating, fading off to sleep, or any technique that stills the mind. Once there, the words just come to me and I dictate what I hear.
Most of my ideas come by memory, or a quick look at something, or a scent, which triggers a memory, which triggers an emotion. Most of my ideas come by a chain effect of an experience.
My ideas are usually born in a state of complete relaxation. Usually in a semi-unconscious state I get my best ideas. Sometimes ideas and inspirations come in dreams. I get some inspiration from everyday life situations, jazz music, vintage photos, the American South, etc.
inspiration comes in many forms. i am very influenced by my environment, thru travel and from life in general.
for instance, when i was living in new york city i often painted windows and stars into my work. windows for the obvious reason that everywhere one looks there are windows, and stars because i missed seeing them in the sky at night. india inspired my deity series, south france inspired the madonna paintings and living in east hampton inspired a series of botanicals.
ideas come constantly and sometimes they start to nag to the point that i simply must make the time to bring it out into the world! i always have several ideas swimming around fighting for attention. the ideas seem to flow most easily when i have a quiet mind.
I find inspiration in nature, colors, patterns, fractals, photomicrography, life experiences and the very act of creating. I usually approach my artwork with an idea and then find techniques and materials to capture the concept.
I don't know how an idea is born. This could be one of the reasons I love them so much. I'm out driving, and things just come to me out of a "wouldn't it be neat if..." kind of spontaneity.
It's rare that I seek out inspiration. Usually I'm found listening to film scores. Steve Jablonsky, Hans Zimmer, and some other various artists. Juno Reactor, The Dropkick Murphys. Usually I like being in a good mood when I shoot. So, generally I munch on some mango and pop some tunes into my ear and away I go.
My inspiration comes from everywhere and everything. Sometimes it's a sentence in a book, a line in a poem, a radio program or newspaper article. Or seeing an object a tree or a person or a memory. An Idea just pops up into my head. Once I have an idea it's like a fire burning inside me until I've done something with it. I have too many ideas and am always scribbling them down in little books waiting to become a reality.
I have to try to STOP them from being born. Living is the inspiration.
I get a lot of my inspiration from my own dreams, but usually when I wake up I have either forgotten what the dream was about or I can't draw it as awesome as it was in my head. Music and real life, such as people doing funky poses or seeing some moss or grass or other neat texture around also give me inspiration.