To the question “Where to find inspiration for my painting,” I would like to answer this: everywhere. It would be short and truly representative of what I think, but if you’re out of inspiration, this answer will not help you and I am perfectly aware of it. So, here’s for you a list of some sources to dig in for inspiration. See for yourself which help you the most when you are in front of a blank canvas or a sheet of paper desperately white…

"Structures libres" (Free Structures) Acrylic ink on TerraSkin stone paper. 10x8 in (25,4 x 20,32 cm). March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

“Structures libres” (Free Structures)
Acrylic ink on TerraSkin stone paper.
10×8 in (25,4 x 20,32 cm).
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

The List

  1. A word which awakes your curiosity
  2. Words of wisdom from a spiritual teacher
  3. An inspiring quote
  4. Your favourite poem
  5. A proverb
  6. A book
  7. Your diary
  8. Your sketchbook
  9. A movie
  10. An event experienced by you or someone else
  11. The local or global news
  12. A personal concern (sociology, politic, economy, ecology)
  13. Everyday life
  14. Your spiritual life
  15. Your family life
  16. A beloved song
  17. A musical rhythm
  18. A melody that moves you
  19. The whole range of emotions
  20. A sensation or a feeling
  21. A memory
  22. A night or diurnal dream
  23. A vision
  24. Energy, a vibration
  25. A photo
  26. A sketch
  27. A rural landscape
  28. An urban landscape or only a small detail of it
  29. A visited or imaginary place
  30. A look
  31. A face
  32. A silhouette
  33. A trip
  34. The nature
  35. Wildlife
  36. Your painting tools and mediums
  37. Colours
  38. Textures
  39. Lines
  40. Shapes
  41. Contrasts
  42. The creative process as itself
  43. A spiritual practice
  44. Meditation
  45. A visit to a museum or an art gallery
  46. New paint tubes
  47. A new painting technique
  48. Follow a painting course with an inspired and inspiring teacher
  49. Social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.)
  50. A visit to this website en.louiselamirande.com … 😉

The list could go on almost indefinitely and thus I am sure that you have in mind several sources which I did not name.

Closeup from the acrylic ink on stone paper painting: "Structures libres" (Free Structures). March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the acrylic ink on stone paper painting: “Structures libres” (Free Structures).
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the acrylic ink on stone paper painting: "Structures libres" (Free Structures). March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the acrylic ink on stone paper painting: “Structures libres” (Free Structures).
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

What Inspires Me?

As for me, I consider myself a sponge for ideas. I store in my day to day life experience all kinds of images that fascinate me. For example, I love watching the sky, but I can also get interested in the moving colours of oil floating on the surface of a vegetable broth or the texture of a ruined wall. Sometimes, I even see paintings appearing in my mind when I’m ready to fall asleep. I could document it all, take photos or make sketches and refer to them later, but to be honest with you, I rarely do it. I prefer to keep only the essential consciously and to leave the rest to simmer in my subconscious…

Almost all my paintings in the last years were done without an initial idea or sketch. I choose the substrate, the mediums, some colours and often I impose myself a challenge to get out of my comfort zone. As an example, for the painting illustrating this article, I challenged myself to use geometric shapes, something I don’t feel at ease with. Then I start to paint with as much spontaneity as possible. Slowly, gradually, the painting emerges. I am guided by the textures, shapes and effects that appear by themselves, and then I consciously select those that I want to keep or even duplicate from those I wish to transform or remove. This is where my background and all my experience consciously and unconsciously accumulated fully come into play.

Finally, I find inspiration in the creative process itself, but also in the whole of my conscious and unconscious life experience.

Closeup from the acrylic ink on stone paper painting: "Structures libres" (Free Structures). March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the acrylic ink on stone paper painting: “Structures libres” (Free Structures).
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

And You?

What inspires you the most when you do painting?

Thanks for you visit and see you soon,

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