I am setting up an inspiration wall in my art studio. I learn a lot from @taylorleepaints about finding my inner voice as an artist, and she recommended getting all inspirations in one place and trying to find connections between them. I have followed her instructions, and I've now discovered one major underlying factor in all the things I find inspirational: passion. When someone has passion for something, it gets my attention. .
The artwork pictured here is an example of that passion- it is symbolic of an incredible, deeply moving painting session I experienced last fall:
I had quite a personal revelation with this piece. It is inspired by "Come What May" from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. This song is so beautiful that it hurts my heart a little. It is heartbreaking and awe inspiring to me. .
I will never forget the feelings this music listening/ painting process conjured up. I stayed up late creating a different piece for this song, and it just wasn't magical enough. I mean, this song is so epic to me, the art had to be astronomical to do it any justice. I went to bed feeling discouraged and inadequate. It is not the first painting I had been disappointed with. I feel like it has been failure after failure this week, and it was starting to get to me.
The next morning, however, I was so inspired to dust myself off and try again. I couldn't let the song down. The artistic discoveries I made along the way, the beauty of the music in my headphones, and the feeling that I had redeemed myself all combined literally brought tears to my eyes. It was such a powerful, immersive experience. I watched the paint spread in such beautiful, surprising ways with this new technique I tried that it literally took my breath away. .
So, I am listening to the beautiful Ewan McGregor sing his soul to Nicole Kidman, and totally imagining his lyrics as my personal ode to art. Art is so powerful and soothing to my soul. It makes me feel a strong purpose in life... just as Ewan feels about his young love.
This art and Ewan's singing face is a main focal point on my inspiration wall- so I may always remember to have passion in what I do.