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Blog 11:18:18 Copyright 2018 David Limrite Artist Teacher Coach Mentor Don't Wait To Be Inspired.jpg

Only five more work days to go. I have three pieces to complete. The piece on the far left is just in the beginning stages. The other three are finished. For now. There are two more on the opposite wall (not in this photo) that need more work. I will take a look at all ten of the pieces when I feel as if they are all close to being finished. I am excited about how this is coming together and anxious to call this project complete. © 2018 David Limrite

“It’s all a struggle. I don’t know what should be there until it gets there.”
Susan Rothenberg, Artist

Don’t Wait To Be Inspired

I am learning so much about myself and my art making processes during my residency, “A Roomful Of Ghosts”, at the San Luis Obispo Museum Of Art.

Last week I learned a little something about inspiration that I want to share with you.

I learned that I don’t have to wait to be inspired to paint. I learned that inspiration comes from working and from the work being created.

Inspiration typically only comes to artists who are willing to work when they are not inspired.

If I had to wait to be inspired overtime I wanted to paint, I would be doing a lot of waiting.

If I had a purpose such as a goal, a deadline, learning a new technique, curiosity about a certain medium or just to have some good old fashioned fun, and I have a passion for what I am doing, then that’s all I need to get started.

Inspiration will inevitably find a path to my studio door.

I need to earn inspirations respect. I need to show inspiration that I mean business by working, watching what is happening on the surface of my painting as I paint, assessing my progress, making corrections, being brave, taking risks, being willing to fail, failing and trying again.

And trusting.

And being so involved in the process that you do not need inspiration.

Inspiration will respect you for this, and reward you and your hard work, with inspiration.

So, please don’t let a lack of inspiration prevent you from painting. Start working and allow inspiration to find you.




Closing Reception:

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art | 1010 Broad Street, SLO
December 1, Saturday, 3-5pm






Join me in celebrating the transformation from blank surface to completed pieces. I have enjoyed sharing this process with so many wonderful and diverse people from all walks of life and areas of the country, who came to discover, support and explore the beautiful creative process.

I hope to see you Saturday, December 1st from 3-5pm.

FYI, the last live painting days are November 29 & 30 (Thurs & Fri), and the last day to see the completed works is Sunday, December 2nd, 11am - 5pm. View the full Live Painting Schedule.

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