10 Ways to get and stay inspired

“Make your own recovery the first priority in your life.” Robin Norwood

I recently did an art talk at http://austindetailsart.com/calendar/events/?event_id=70 on the subject of getting and staying inspired. I was reminded yesterday of just how important it is to take care of your health first! When you don’t feel well, being creative is about the last thing on your mind, in fact, it probably doesn’t make it there. I got what I think is a 24 hr bug so my whole day was focused on just feeling better. This made me edit my list of 10 ways. I’ve thought about this quote above and now I get it. If you don’t feel well, how can you take care of others? If you don’t feel well, how can you give of yourself to others? So here’s my list for you. I’d love your feedback!

1. Take care of your health!
Basically, if you don’t feel well, getting inspired to be creative is far from reality! You are too busy trying to get well. “Make your own recovery the first priority in your life.” Robin Norwood

2. Create your own space. Even if you only have a small corner to set up a small desk, it will be your space to “create” and leave your supplies out.

3. Create a vision board using a cork board. Put compelling images, inspiring words and quotes to help you develop your sense of creativity. Keep an idea binder where you collect images which you can flip through for quick inspiration.

4. Keep a small notebook with you at all times. When you are struck by an idea or you see great design, write it down and do quick sketches.

5. Join a group of like-minded people to work on your art together or take a class. A lot of creativity happens through collaboration. Continue to learn!

6. Visit museums and galleries. Attend performing arts events on a regular basis.

7. Enjoy the outdoors! As much as we need to collaborate with others, we also need to spend time alone. Nature is the perfect companion!

8. Read more. You can’t be creative without knowing a lot about what you are trying to be creative in.

“What you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” Twyla Tharp

9. Take lots of pictures. Looking through a viewfinder can inspire many variations and possibilities for an image.   The camera captures the image; your interpretation leads to many possibilities.

10. Use my workbook for a good mix of creative exercises, tips, and notes.

Be well, Sleep well, and Create Something Every Day!

Routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more. The real secret is that you do this every day. In other words, be disciplined. Over time, daily routines become second nature and discipline morphs into habit. In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative.

Join me tomorrow for another art talk at Austin Details Gallery:

Ideas on Creativity / Right Brain Thinking – It’s Not Just For Artists!
Where: Austin Details Art + Photo Gallery; 106 E. 8th St. Austin
Phone #: 512-391-0999
When: Thurs. Feb. 24
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
“Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers  trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.” Twyla Tharp



  1. So true!! Love every suggestion. The health one is of prime importance and relevant for me today as I am home with a cold. You can’t be creative when you don’t feel well. But you can look for inspiration. Also, following your momentary inspiration -instant inspiration. In the moment inspiration. A great example of this is in artist Lisa Daria’s blog post today:

    “While laboring over some peppers on one side of the room, the still life from two days ago, started in on me. You know, what I mean, the old – yoohooooo – look at the way the sun is hitting MY petals, dump the peppers, paint me.
    So, I did.”
    the painting is indeed inspired!

  2. Wow !! Ty Prima…Im even more excited now ,on my way to see Roger Waters at the Frank Erwin Center been a long time since Ive been to a concert hope to capture the Music with the new found inspiration you’ve reignited in me…Love ya

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