Inspiration comes from everywhere. As people we are inspired by art, books, other human beings, and events. Many times this inspiration will manifest itself into other works of art such as literature and even music. Bottom line...art inspires art. The more we appreciate the artistic talents that are all around us in the world, the more we will see art manifest itself in our everyday life. Art manifests itself in great humanitarian acts, amazing songs, and beautiful portraits. I want to show you how subtle inspiration and manifestation can come to you. I'm a person who loves to paint when I have down time. I wouldn't call myself an aspiring artist or a sauvant but i'm not bad for someone who paints to relax. However, when I do paint, I always need to listen to music. The majority of times it's Jazz but every now and then i'll play some neo-soul or something of that nature while I'm painting. As I get into my pieces I typically go into it with no plan, I like to just let creativity take over and do it's job. I may start out with a slight idea of what I want to paint but more times than not, I never end up with that as my final product, because A: I'm a perfectionist, and nothing is ever good enough when it comes to my art work and B: As I said, I never start with a real plan anyway, lol. On one particular night I began a piece while listening to some good music at the end of a crazy work week and I just let myself go. By the end of the night I had finished a good portion of the piece but it didn't quite feel complete. So I put away the painting for the night and paused the music on my iPad and put everything away. The following weekend, (yes, sometimes it takes me upwards to several weeks to finish a painting because I can only paint when i'm in the mood to create) I picked the painting back up again and finished it, adding a little here and there, mostly finishing touches. When I took a step back and took a picture of it to analyze what I did, I was a little shocked. Why? Because I recognized in a way, what I had painted. It seemed to be an abstract representation of the album cover of the music I was listening to while I created the piece. The album was "The Beauty Created" by Jesse Boykins III.
And my piece, atleast to me was an interesting abstract version of it (or atleast I would like to think so, it would definately make me feel better about what I produced!). Unwittingly, this music worked within me to mold my creative juices at the time to create a piece that mimicked an album cover I wasn't paying the slightest attention to. So although my painting was completely original and something that came from within, it goes to show that Nietschze may have had a point when he said, "There is no such thing as immaculate perception." Meaning, we are all conditioned to think, feel, or see things in some form or fashion. Our thoughts are not all our own. My painting was original, but only in it's outcome, the concept it seems may not have been original at all. Interesting isn't it? Next time you think about it, take some time to look around your own home or look within yourself and think about who or what has inspired you.