Finding inspiration is sweeter than Christmas Mornings

Some people say, you should NOT sit and wait for inspiration to come. I think they are right. Inspiration comes when it comes. And, at that point, you’d better be ready with a brush in your hand.

So, in order to make use of the powerful energy of creative inspiration, it seems like you simply have to paint as often as possible. Painting is a lot better than searching for inspiration. But with that said, it still makes sense to search out relevant sources of inspiration – be it other artist, certain moments in life or even nature itself.


Female portraits and botanical illustrations are currently my favourite source of inspiration

I have discovered that the painting subjects I want to paint the most, are female portraits and botanical illustration. I don't know why. But I just cannot seem to get tired of them.


I am drawn to beauty everywhere: A sunset, a traffic light reflected in a water pit or a drop of water on telephone cables. But that does not mean I want to paint it.


Thank you for making me want to paint

When I see botanical illustrations, I always stop to have an extra look. Even if it’s a fruit illustration printed on a pack of chewing gum with lemon flavor. Just feel grateful for the artist illustrator who painted that lemon illustration. It's like my heart says 'thank you'. And I feel like painting too. The same thing happens when I see an interesting face. A different portrait painting. Or an old black and white portrait photo. Especially from the 1920’s and 1930’s. But other decades too. It just gives me an enormous desire to capture that person with all her sensitivity and intelligence. 


I usually know it right away when I see a photo or an illustration, that I would like to try to use as a reference for a painting. So to me finding inspiration is not enigmatic nor secret. It's simply a feeling of joy.