11 Sep 2018Mont Marte

Sometimes it’s easy to get inspired… while other times it just doesn’t seem to happen. To help you get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a list of everyday places you can find art inspiration. Try them out for yourself – you might be surprised.

1. Exhibitions

Two people in an art gallery exhibition.

Let’s start with an obvious one. Whether it’s your local gallery or an exhibition in a coffee shop, go and see some art. Immersing yourself in creativity can help inspire you and makes for a fun day out.

2. Nature

Person in a rainforest, standing on a walking track in nature.

Spending time in nature is not only great for your body; it’s great for your mind. Studies show that taking a break from technology and getting out into nature can help relieve mental fatigue and increase creativity. Plus, it’s also a great source of botanical art inspiration!

3. Café
People socialising in a busy, city cafe.

Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to get those creative juices flowing. Cafes are a great place to brainstorm, observe and get ideas. You might sketch your food, see an interesting person, draw the scene or just enjoy a new environment.

4. Walk around town

A pink and cream house with a Jacaranda tree out the front.

Step outside and clear your head. Going for a stroll in town can give you plenty of inspiration – from interesting architecture, to cars and parks. There are patterns and subjects all around you if you look. Don’t forget to take your notepad and pen, or a camera, just in case inspiration strikes.

5. Creative gatherings

People socialising on an outside balcony with lights hanging on the balcony.

Don’t be shy, head along to a creative gathering in your local area. Whether it’s a poetry group, artist meetup or a gig, these creative avenues can all be a great source of art inspiration. If you can’t find any, why not create your own gathering?

6. Parks

People riding bikes and walking in a park on a sunny afternoon.

Parks are a great place to take some time out, observe and find art inspiration. Many artists have used parks as a subject for their artworks, whether it’s painting gardens or recreating other scenes.

7. Online

Person on a laptop, holding a green mug on a marble bench.

The internet is teaming with art inspiration. Browse topics you’re interested in on Instagram or Pinterest and save anything that inspires you. You could also set up some social media accounts to post your own artworks!

8. Books & magazines

Woman in a library, holding a book shelf.

The pages of books and magazines are filled with inspiration. Choose a writer or topic you’re interested in and start reading. You never know what art inspiration you might find inside.

If you’re looking for art inspiration, don’t be afraid to explore something new. That park down the road, or café in town might just be the ticket to jump-starting your creativity. You’ll never know unless you try.