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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

IMAGINATION

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iMy imagination took me here one day. Mixed media on paper, 30”x 22”. Copyright David Limrite

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”

~Erma Bombeck


Becoming inspired is not easy at times. Sometimes inspiration just cannot be found. We search for inspiration by looking at other artists work, talking a walk, reading a book, watching a movie or listening to music, among other things. And sometimes we still can’t find inspiration.

It is time to look inward and rely on our imagination. At this point, inspiration has to come from within ourselves.

Imagination is the ability to form images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or never experienced directly. (Or just maybe we can invent images based on things we have seen or directly experienced in our past. Who’s to say?)

I should note that in order to be creative, you do not have to create something that the world has never seen. That's too much pressure and probably most everything has been done already. You just have to create something that you have never seen before.

Being open and vulnerable is the catalyst for innovation and creativity. Once you get an idea, then its all about being courageous enough to try it.

Dreams, memories and actual incidences that you have experienced in your life are great places to go in order to stimulate your imagination. Unusual juxtapositions of objects, colors, shapes or textures often can jumpstart our imagination.

Much like inspiration, imagination is there for all of us. It just requires a bit of work on our part to go after it. But, oh what journeys you may have.

Best,

David