Have you ever wondered how do artists ignite the flame of inspiration? Many artists never run out of inspiration while other artists have occasional periods when they could use a spark, catalyst or muse to recharge their creative batteries. Some artists travel for ideas, use rituals, such as exercise or mediation, or commune with the natural world.
In search of a variety of sources of inspiration I turned to some of the members of the Manhattan Arts International. Meet artists Mary Lou Dauray, Darlene Kaplan, and Allison Coelho Picone (presented in alphabetical order).
Mary Lou Dauray
“I’m a consummate traveler. My art is a reflection of the many places I have traveled to around the world. My artwork is my voice. I know that art has the power to challenge me and also to change the world to make it a better place. I am definitely inspired by a variety of artists, both past and present. Some of my favorite artists are Helen Frankenthaler, Howard Hodgkin, Eugene Delacroix and Ross Bleckner.”
Visit Mary Lou Dauray’s website at www.maryloudauray.com
“I warm up my body with Tai Chi. Before I start to paint I grind my ink into an ink stone which warms up my arm and my mind. This allows me time to think about what I am going to paint and how to proceed. I guess you would call it active meditation! During the time that I am painting I listen to either Chinese music or CD’s of nature sounds.”
Visit Darlene Kaplan’s website at www.darlenekaplan.com
Allison Coelho Picone
“When I need a dose of inspiration, I walk or hike conservation land or my quiet street. Nature’s fresh air yields a presence that immediately soothes and allows me to see and hear things not normally seen or heard. My beloved camera documents my inspiration and I often use these photos as reference, collage bits or a textured base to my paintings.
“In addition to enjoying the great outdoors, I look to philosophers, poets, and artists for inspiration… A simple sentence or phrase from these inspirational people invokes images, ideas and thoughts I use and apply in my work.”
Visit Allison Coelho Picone’s website at www.allisonpicone.com