This got me thinking about all the ways that writers and artists influence one another. In our discussions about creativity here at Brainripples, several readers have mentioned how visiting museums, listening to music, or reading the works of others help to inspire them and their work.
In our most recent Feature Artist Interview, Eric Keast mentions a current project he’s working on by creating interpretive art in response to the work of The Lampi Oracle. The recent book (and now movie), Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is a complete work of fiction inspired by the painting by Johannes Vermeer, dubbed “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (titles were not always found for Vermeer’s works).
Beyond the act of inspiration, artists also help one another to solve artistic problems, just as Spy Scribbler mentions. This isn’t necessarily a direct exchange – if I’m stuck on a poem, I’m just as likely to find a solution in a dance or a painting as I am to find help in another artist’s poetry. I think that the interplay between words, images, motion, sound, and even tastes and smells can be the catalyst to renewing creativity, or providing the friction needed to spark a solution.
Can you think of a time that an artist, writer, or particular piece helped you to overcome an obstacle in your own work? Perhaps you can think of a song, a story, or a painting which directly inspired a creation of your own? Have you ever created something directly in response to the work of another?