What does it mean to be inspired? According to the Oxford dictionary, it’s the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. This is especially notable when we are attempting to be creative.
It can be debated on whether inspiration comes by way of something just popping in your head in the shower, while driving or being high. Or, by way of thinking and doing. For the working creative the luxury of waiting for that big idea is something that they can rarely depend on. They have to put themselves in the position of always being turned on. Thus, they tend to be a little more on the side of motivation. Meaning they have to always think by doing. Pencil to paper is a great way to get going. I believe it’s a good dose of both spontaneous idea development and doing.
.The reason art and creativity are so fascinating is that for so long it shows us the soul of humanity that is truly alive. Whether it’s art, music or theater, creativity touches the very part of us that shows we are capable of coming together.
My motivation comes from the 20th century and what I consider the true maturity of the world. If one wishes to learn about how we navigate through today’s issues, we can visit the 1900’s. It’s all happened before. War, disease, famine, mother nature, brutal regimes, crime, racism, greed, etc. Through it all, I’ve seen parallels.
My work will at times visit those parallels. My influences are many, but I seem to find enjoyment in the art and music of the 20th century. Call it nostalgic if you will. Artists such as: Charles White, Ben Shahn, Diego Rivera, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Alston. Also, designers and Illustrators such as A.M. Cassandre, Milton Glaser and Norman Rockwell.
Some would say that technology today makes the 20th century look like the dark ages. They would be correct, but I would argue that all of the above issues still remain and haven’t been fixed by technology. I wouldn’t call the 20th century a simpler time, just an earlier time. Through it all, art is still a reflection of the times. A visual historical record that can be both beautiful and emotionally satisfying. The saying, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like”, still holds reverance. No one can make you like anything. That is our freedom. However, if you pursue creativity with an open mind, you may learn something. That is our freedom too.