I have to be completely honest and say that I thought this would be a much easier subject to write about. I had this idea of how simple it would be to speak of the things that inspire me and never actually stopped to think how personal this subject really is.
As crazy as it seems, given that I am in the peak of my twenty-one years of youth, I like to follow a routine like an old lady in a retiring home . I like to wake up around the same time every day, usually, early morning will do me best, and go to bed early too. I like to turn off my phone 2 hours before I go to sleep and spend a solid 30 minutes in my nighttime routine, slattering oils and creams on my face and body before burrito-ing myself in bed and reading a good book.
But as mentioned previously, even tho it was very brief and mostly on my Instagram stories, I willingly threw all out the window when I decided to move countries. And now that I'm officially settled, I can start building my routine again.
But building or rebuilding a routine is no easy task. It takes determination, and a whole lot getting used to. I speak from my own personal experience, but when I let go of my "healthy" routine, I give in to a bunch of bad habits. And those are the toughest ones to break when you want to start something new. It takes a lot of self-control, and that means very little compared to a whole night staying up painting and eating junk food with a weird mixture of coke, Redbull and Apple Somersby.
All of this to say that, for me, finding inspiration has been difficult. Given that searching for it is a really really, big part of my routine. I like to keep myself on this constant researcher mode, where I know that anything can become something else later. I make it almost a chore to go on Tumblr and Pinterest every day - I follow almost 6 thousand blogs and I have a slightly obscene amount of boards, not to count my 3 separate Instagram accounts -
I am a very visual person, I like to constantly be looking at beautiful things, I think that that is what tickles my inspiration pickle the most. I just have this whole thing with image composition. I wanna pay attention to every detail, I wanna know how does this color mix with this color and how is the picture drawing my attention. I wanna know how this combination of simple individual things makes something else entirely when being put together.
Making mood boards and looking for images, designs, or could be anything really, is very important to me. I like to think that I'm studying the things I find, that I am gathering references, separating them from the rest of the world for my own personal use.
After the late night inspiration hunts - that's what I like to call them - I have all the pictures play on an infinite loop as my computer's screensaver. that's my way of not forgetting about them, to remind myself of what I'm into, what I want and what drives me. I wanna look at them long enough to see myself influenced by it.
Ah there it is, INFLUENCE - I could say that this word sums up my whole idea of what inspiration means to me and what I want to get from it. Being influenced by something or someone, and taking that influence with you wherever you go. This is a habit that I think can make me a better artist and person in general: being influenced by the things and people that inspire me.
Searching for inspiration is a lesson in searching for influences, a lesson in keeping your eyes open, in trying to learn new things from unexpected people, visuals or places. Inspiration comes different to everyone, and honestly, that’s what makes it interesting to me. I want to know what inspires other people and what influences them, what are they’re references. How certain things or color combinations move not only me but others too. That's why I am constantly sharing artist I follow and am inspired/influenced by on Instagram. I want to keep that conversation growing.
So I wanted to take that a step further. For a while, maybe 2 weeks, it was a very little while haha, I sent mood boards on my newsletters. I loved doing that, is something that I do on a weekly basis, and sharing it with people made me feel very excited. But I decided to expand that, I am making a whole section of my website dedicated to my Visual Stimulus, a place to store everything I find inspiring and a place to be your source of inspiration! I hope you guys will be as thrilled about this as I am!
And while we are on this topic, I strongly recommend listening to the Creative Pep Talk Podcast by Andy J Pizza, where he talks about Talent X Reference. I think it resonates very well with how I feel about this, and he is in general a great Artist!
Lots of Love