You Don’t Need Inspiration to Paint (Here’s Why)

There’s a common myth artists have about the creative process:

You need inspiration to paint.

I’d like to take a minute to counter that myth.

As artists, we grow up with this paradigm of the romantic artist. You know, the one brooding in some loft, pacing back and forth, waiting for inspiration to strike for his next grand masterpiece.

The truth is, this is a really harmful idea. So many artists (myself included) have spent so much time waiting for inspiration to strike. They will go weeks or months or even years without making art because they just “don’t feel like it” or “don’t know what to paint”.

If that sounds like you, listen up.

A digital landscape painting depicting a winding road in a field with a castle in the distance

A lot of you really liked the last video I released about autodrawing and moving past motivation when it comes to creating.

For Part II, we’re picking up where we left off last time and diving into the painting process, while still maintaining a mindset of openness as focus on the process.

The truth is, you can find inspiration within the painting itself, rather than needing inspiration to paint.

Understanding this will make your practice so much more fun and productive. All you have to do is sit down and start making marks. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. Just focus on the process. Focus on what you find joyful about it.

I can guarantee if you do this enough, it will completely change your relationship with art.

Need some guidance? Maybe my mentorship program is the right fit for you. Having some accountability and good habit reinforcement can make a world of difference.

Until next time,

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