Inspiration is kind of different for each one of us. Every person/artist has a different way of working and finding the triggers/inspiration for the pieces.
My number one trick for inspiration ia having your eyes and ears open! It’s all about the everyday life. If you do, you can catch the beauty, the images, sounds, colors around you.
And then there are the details that some others might not notice. A small detail can be the starting point of a piece of artwork. A detail in your environment can start a series of thoughts and feelings that can lead to creation.
Yes, time, is crucial. You can never force inspiration. It needs its time, your brain has to proceed information and make something out of it.
But, in the meanwhile there’s one more important thing that can help: work! Even if you don’t have the perfect idea (or no idea, it happens sometimes) in mind one day, you should still sit down and work.
Inspiration doesn’t come out of the blue, on its own. Needs a little help and work can never do any harm! 😉
OCD is about anxiety. OCD makes you feel uncomfortable, almost all the time.
But there comes a time, or at least it came for me, that you have to make peace with it. It’s always better living with a friend than with an enemy.
That time came for me after a trigger. At that point I decided to work together with my OCD. In a kind of collaboration.
The trigger that was followed by this idea was a taxi that didn’t pass my “OCD test” (well, you can’t live in a totally clean big city after all…!). Instead of freaking out, I managed to stay calm (my pills help a lot in this), not having a anxiety attack. Then I decided to open my sketchbook and start drawing trigger-inspired pieces, with shapes that reminded me of stains. By the way I hate stains, even as a word.
The experiment worked really nice and I’m still working with it. It helps me get more comfortable with dirt, stains and triggers, and prove to myself that I can create some kind of friendship with my anxiety disorder.