Art Inspiration: What Inspires You?


Sometimes I get inspired by tranquility. Sometimes I get inspired by the bountiful, effervescent colors of nature. For many years, as a landscape painter, my greatest pleasure was to sit amidst the glory of nature and see how light and shadow effect the colors around me. Natural forms — their size, their texture, their patterns, their repetition, their symmetry and asymmetry surprise and delight me. I love traveling to new places and seeing the unique geography of my excursions — the color of water and sky in the Caribbean, the landscape of the American West, the color of earth in the Italian landscape, the mountains in Vermont, the ocean waves of the Pacific, a bird flying in front of a light house on Cape Cod…the list is endless. As an artist, it is a joy, to work with paint on canvas and discover a world in front of me that takes on a life of its own. I believe the journey of creativity begins when the canvas leads you to its own destination.

Please share your thoughts, share your website and allow us to visit your creative soul. Thank you, Gloria Rabinowitz

13 thoughts on “Art Inspiration: What Inspires You?

  1. Travel is my greatest source not only of inspiration but of rethinking, re-energizing everything that has come before. I still believe in its transformative quality. I just returned from 3 weeks in Shanghai and suddenly the whole idea of “big” became a reality. A total “aha” moment where all those ubiquitous gigantic3-dimensiona works are now a possibility for me. Mind expansion. Stimulation. Possibility. All with a plane ticket!

    • I believe a child is iniirpatson enough in one’s life. When you become a parent, you suddently realize that you are on a pedestal for that child and so you come to understand that you will need to reavaluate everything from your past and become the best example possible for that child. Not only have my children been a source of iniirpatson, but my mother as well. She taught me to always work hard, to give sacrificially to those I love, she taught me the importance of not depending on someone (other than God) and to strive to accomplish anything in life. Mostly, she taught me about overcoming obstacles and the act of persevering. My mother is my hero in this life and I thank God everyday that she was my mother.

  2. It’s hard to think of a greater inspiration than travel. Some years ago I traveled to Alaska and flew over the coast, from Anchorage to Juno. Down below, the terminal moraines of glaciers stretched out before me like snaky highways. Those haunting images stuck with me and now, years later, I have begun to draw them. I am inspired by our connection to nature, and feel inclined to express my concern about global warming through my work. I am creating aerial portraits of some of the world’s glaciers, which are shrinking at an alarming rate.

    • Fran, I love your description of the glaciers as “snakey” highways. I’ve been to Alaska and was in awe by the unknown foliage in the mountainous forests — leaves, trees and plant growth that I have never seen before nor since. Thanks for your comment, Gloria

  3. People have always been my inspiration. I have often been told that the style of my portraiture demonstrates the realness of what I see rather than the perfection most of us would like to achieve, so I guess the character,experience, wisdom etc of my subjects is what inspires me most.
    As my mother taught me – a spade is a spade and to try and turn it into something different just isn’t in my nature and this is also true f my photography

  4. I’m always drawn to color first wherever I go and whatever I;m looking at. It is also the feature that viewers of my paintings respond to first. I love color and start a new work by choosing my colors.
    Recent paintings have been influenced by the remnants of torn weathered posters found on billboards on the many construction sites found on any New York City corner. When I see some colors and shapes that attract me, I immediately take note of them with a camera. Back in the studio I look at the pictures I’ve taken and select the parts that appeal to me most, and use these elements as a starting point for my paintings.

  5. I am inspired by living in New York City – by the mundane details of life seen when I have my artist’s eyes on. And interestingly, the inspiration comes in the midst of work, usually while walking outside (which I do to take a break when I am stuck in the middle of something) or standing and moving about the studio while drawing and painting. For me the inspiration follows the HABIT of WORKING, not the other way around. I know this so well, but it is easy to forget!
    For many stories and drawings about New York City, visit my blog:

    • I suppose it depends what inspired you in the first place. For me, photography was a way to capture what I did not have the talent to draw, or at least draw quickly. So I would take pictures, then try to draw those pictures in multiple modes, suhc as the Van Gogh mode (and if you don’t know what I mean, maybe you should go to an art museum for inspiration). Also, I’ve found that (literally) not having my equipment for a few months while starting to feel that lack of inspiration is giving me tremendous inspiration, as I just got it back this evening, and can’t wait to go take pictures tomorrow! So, take a deep breath, put down the camera, pick out your favorite pictures and try to draw them, or go to museums and try to capture the feeling you get from a drawing or painting in your camera, or possibly you just need to ask a friend to hold on to your equipment indefinitely. When you find your hands itching for a camera, it’s time for you to go get it back.

  6. I have re-immersed myself in art that has been familiar to me, work that inspired me in the first place as I began to study art as a student. I was influenced by Joseph Cornell’s work with found objects — how he captured the essence of the beauty and the past of the objects, as well as how those same objects mirror and define those who own and utilize them. I was also influenced by frequent viewings of Alexander Calder’s Circus, especially its gritty playfulness. While working on my MFA degree, I wrote a research paper on Tom Otterness and created a PowerPoint presentation on his work. I noted how he used humor to touch on serious themes, such as the limitations of capitalism and the greed it engenders.

    • I know exactly how you feel. I feel the same way when I picked up the guitar 3 years ago and then constantly lost inspiration after a few weeks. If you can drive, why not drive to different areas — maybe 1 hour away and take pictures of other types of scenery. Get a new camera? Hey it works sometimes. Maybe you could even make a slideshow of photos and play music along to the photos. You could even take photos of your friends posing or just have fun in general. My friend likes to photograph different people and then compare them and see whats different about each person. Why not just go plain crazy?

      • That God is faithful to turn our mourning into gladness. He can take this tragic experience and make beauty out of it by giving me understanding and compassion for others and teaching me to cherish my family on earth even more.

  7. Sorry,we are different, our works absolutely are different, but I think all of us inspired by BEAUTY OF ALL AROUND!!!
    When I go to Forest my wishes see beauty on a dead trees push me from one place to another, from tree to other tree, my hands work and if I meet unusual beauty on a dead tree I forgot about where is me, I feel myself as in a Haven, I admire what I found… Happiness of discovery come over me, I forget about time…Inspiration give me power for long hours, days, months go and go again and again to different Forests and look for, look for, look for.

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