We can encounter inspiration anywhere: during our day-to-day, in our dreams, on the sidewalks, in the woods, and in the works of others. Artists influence one another across media, and can also drawn upon common sources of inspiration, such as shared events (past and present), familiar surroundings, even common dreams.
Many artists discover specific sources of inspiration which they can return to repeatedly for new ideas, and renewable themes. Robert Frost finds no end to inspiration among the trees and forests. Jayadeva taps a wealth of inspiration in his devotion to the Lord Krisna, and his dear love Padmāvatī. Frida Kahlo’s work reflects the inspiration drawn from her own life’s challenges, physical, emotional, and spiritual. For most artists we can find common threads of inspiration amidst their myriads of themes and subjects.
For myself, one of these sources of persistent inspiration is water: rain, snow, oceans, waterfalls, rivers, puddles, clouds… my love of water being what it is, I might not write or draw something specific to water, but the mere sound of water, the look, smell, and feel of it, can often help to illuminate and otherwise initiate my creativity.
What are your favorite sources of inspiration? Who are your favorite artists (any media)? Where and when do you find yourself most often grasping for a pencil and a slip of paper to dash down a thought, an image, or a sequence of sounds?