Beyond Inspiration

So the debate continues; it is now focus beyond inspiration. We will have to admit that after we become inspired to reach one level it might not be enough so we seek for something that propels us to the next level. Motivation is the key to reaching the next plateau.

It is said that inspiration and influence goes together because it is the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc. The question I would like to ask is, where does motivating force enters. Don’t we have to be motivated to take action towards the next step for completing the set goal?

Think about it this way, I am inspired to walk one hundred mile or to burn some calories. That is good in itself but what will it take to get started!  Motivation is a greater influence because wrapped up in that bundle of inspiration and influence is that power source of motivation.

It is said: “In modern psychology, inspiration is not often studied, but it is generally seen as an entirely internal process. In each view, however, whether empiricist or mystical, inspiration is, by its nature, beyond control. (

We are moving beyond inspiration to motivation. There are many theories of motivation but I would like to look at one: Goal-setting theory is based on the notion that people sometimes have a drive to reach a clearly defined end state. Often, this end state is a reward in itself. We look at the subject and developed the inspiration within to reach that set goal.

As an artist I am inspired to paint a picture, that instinct kicks in therefore I am motivated to look for that one scene that will give me the inspiration I need to start painting.  I have a clearly define stated end and that is to paint a picture; I am motivated to move to a complete end.

“A goal’s efficiency is affected by three features: proximity, difficulty and specificity. Good goal setting incorporates the smart criteria, in which goals are: specific, measurable, accurate, realistic, and timely. An ideal goal should present a situation where the time between the initiation of behavior and the end state is close. A goal should be moderate, not too hard or too easy to complete.” (

Where do we stand within this three prong sphere of thinking; Is it Inspiration, Influence, or Motivation? It is not very difficult to figure but I might be wrong or I might be confusing these issues: either way your contribution is welcome as I seek to deal with these subject from an Artists’ point of view with relation to painting your next masterpiece.

What Is Inspiration, Where Can I Get It.

Recently I wrote a post “Pushing Yourself To Create” I started to think, how do you really push yourself to create! What does it really take? My simple answer to this question is “Inspiration”

What is inspiration?
The dictionary describe Inspiration as a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. The divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

Let us also look at Influence! It is the capacity or power of persons to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc. Inspiration is something that helps to motivates a person towards their goal.

The first thing that you need to effectively paint your next painting is inspiration. It is all around us. How or where we look is the deciding factor that will move us to create. Another definition for Inspiration as  describe by Wikipedia refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic Endeavour.

I would describe inspiration as an entirely internal process. It is beyond the control of any person. It is a subconscious inner burst of divine strength that pushes one to create. What inspires you? How do you move from point “A” to “B”? I am sure it takes a bit of inspiration. Think of it next time you find yourself stuck at the junction of creativity and jump on the bus of “Inspiration” You will reach your goal of reproducing your next masterpiece!

Which Medium Is Right For Me!

You might have asked yourself at some point in you painting career, which media or medium is the right one you should choose. As you are aware there are many choices. However the answer to this question is very simple. Ask yourself which medium you might be attracted to; the one that you are more likely to excites you. Which ever answer you come up with that is the one you should choose.

When I started painting I experimented with everything I could get my hands on. Because I did, I was not limited to any one medium. This helped me much because I gained experience in all the medium I chose. I started my career in art as a water-colorist. I painted in watercolor because for me that was easier to control and got the results for which I was looking. However I always desired oil painting but was never quite able to get it done convincingly to my satisfaction. I stayed away from that medium for years knowing one day I would eventually take leap into it full-time.

I must admit that I had a serious slump in my career and for more than ten years had not painted but I never lost the passion. How could this be you might ask? I had the challenges of my family and migration, in school full-time and other things that occupied my time. I am happy to say that I am back and with the same passion I had before.

I am now devoted to painting in oil as my main medium but still trying other things as I go along. It is still challenging for me to paint in oil but I am putting a lot of effort into getting the job done. One of the things that motivates me is going out and painting out doors when ever possible, purchasing art books so that I can look at other artist work. Take some time to visit art shows, see other artists at work. Get Ideas about what is happening in the art market.

It is a good idea to follow your passion; It could be the best thing you ever did to keep your inspiration alive!

Pushing yourself to create

There are times when as an Artist you will find it difficult to create. What do you do when you come face to face in these times?

I have been face with those moments. Handling those moments are very critical to surviving. Those moment need strong inner strength to motivate us. Once you get over that moment you will move ahead with great determination and resolve. This could be the time when you produce your best work ever. The idea is to push yourself in-spite of the odds.

So what do I do to get out of those times! The question is not if there is inspiration and things to motivate you to paint; there are many. First of all take a walk and look around and you will be amaze of the inspiration you will receive. It is all around us if we pay attention to the things and places around us. Take a trip in your neighborhood or look at old photo that you have taken in the past. You will be surprise to see what you will find.

If you are still having problem then I suggest that you brainstorm, look at things in your home or around your home. The inspiration is endless,it’s just a matter of seeing them with an artists’ eye.

The conversation continues but in time you will gain inspiration and be back to your old self.

What do you think? Join the conversation and share your opinion!

Getting to the finish line

You have been following the demonstration this far, how or where do I go from here. By now you would have guess how unconventional I am about my painting. Some rules can to be broken therefore the approach I take in composing and completing a painting will be different from most other instructions.

This demonstration is mostly for the beginners or those who get the feeling of being lost at some point or time with the challenges of painting. If you are an advance Painter you can still follow along and share in the demo. Read the previous blogs to see how we started.

At this point of the painting I start to work on the skyline. I use this approach because it will drop the need for me to paint between trees. Painting from back to front will help you to progress smoothly and avoid confusion in the process. Painting a new piece is always challenging but with persistence you can overcome any obstacle!

We are progressing along very well. Even though you might not be painting the same scene, the process is the same. Choose your subject and follow along and in time you will produce a masterpiece. I will return with more update; I hope you got the idea and are able to make a start with your project.

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Continued demonstration


Continued demonstration

Continued demonstration

It is the fourth once again and a beautiful day to remember.We cannot forget the sacrifices made on our behalf. We are grateful to be living in this country and be a part of the celebration.

While everyone might be out enjoying the fireworks and all, I am finding relief from the punishing sun by continuing to make progress with my painting. As you would have notice, I have made a bit more progress by filling in all the wash that I want to fill in.

I have already said that I like unconventional method that is exclusive to me. With this in mind, I choose to shift into gear by laying in the final coloring. This will take some time for me to get done because I like to make sure that I get the effect I desire. however I will continue to show the progress of my work at different intervals.

What do you think of this process so far? Please send me your feedback!

How I start a new Painting

When starting a new painting, I like to gaze around at my canvas to determine the approach I would take. Because I sometimes paint with a pallet knife and at other times with the brush as I am currently doing, there are two different approach. However I will share with you the brush approach.

I prepare a sketch on my canvas with a pencil or charcoal; after reviewing what I have done, I like to lay my colors in with a light wash which helps me as I progress along in determining the placement of my values. This seems to help because I do not have to wonder where my color placement will be in terms of light and dark or any other values. This works for me  but it might not be your approach. In any case I would love to hear just how you approach your painting and your most effective way of getting your painting completed.

As you can see I have enclosed a sample of a painting that I have just started and I will continue to give updates until this piece is completed.

My New Approach

Perparing To Paint A New Scene