A few thoughts on Inspiration and being an artist

Last night I was sitting here with a few things running through my head as I was busy painting. In my world of a furniture artist it seems to be growing a plenty. Whenever I get asked “…and what do you do?” by the grocery lady or a new mom at the preschool. I always cringe in my answer. I don’t know why…. I guess I just don’t think people will think it is a REAL job. And I almost always get in response. ” Oh…….yeah I painted my grandmas old dresser once”. Not that I am discrediting their grandmothers dresser… Im sure it was lovely.

One of the things I love about my close groups of painter friends that I am in touch with often… is that they get it. They know that feeling when you find a dresser that you CAN NOT BREATHE without. Or when you haven’t painted in a day and a half and you need to in order to feel like you. What we do is no joke… we live it. In every part of our lives. ok… that might sound a tad dramatic. But when you have found something this close to your heart, you wouldn’t have it any other way. It really isn’t just a job. Its something inside of you that drives you, makes you who you are.

I have been asked, how did you start painting? Well I remember always being drawn to art in some way or another. Honestly I always thought I would be an art teacher. Mainly because of the studio itself. I loved all of the art supplies. The endless mounds of paper, and paint…ah! Its kinda how I feel about my studio now… I love to have endless options, its how I work best.

Ive done a lot of photography and some canvas painting over the last few years…and I felt like I was searching for something to give me more fulfillment. Then when my husband and I had our first baby I went into full nesting mode. I wanted all new furniture and I moved things around constantly. Ok that last part hasn’t changed much. I was sick of our stuff so I painted it. I had no clue what I was doing, I made it way more work than I needed it to be and made SO many silly mistakes. But I LOVED it. I just kept going. Not that I ever thought it was going to become a blog, a business or that I would be working with some of the most talented woman in the area… not at all. I just loved it, in the purest of ways. So I learned all I could, soaked up my mistakes and taught myself step by step. As I grew in my skill my style was starting to develop and that felt awesome. In my last post I talked about my goals for the new year and I think they are so very important. I hope to never stop growing and feeling like I want to improve. And even though I have made strides from my silly mistakes on the first few pieces to where I am now, the thing I am most grateful for is how it drives me to be better. I feel like I have so much to learn. I read this quote on Pinterest the other day that spiked this whole internal conversation and it said:

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In whatever drives you, you owe it to yourself to be original. Get inspired by EVERYTHING you see and use it to lead you were YOU are suppose to be. It is so easy to look around you and say .. I want to do that! But I challenge you to think outside the box and create your own path with your own ideas and your own art..whatever that may be. I am inspired by so many great people and I am so thankful for that because it has opened me up to exactly where I need to be.

…. and with that…I have a few custom pieces in the works that I am hoping to post this weekend. Hope your Friday is going well so far!

xo
Amanda

2 thoughts on “A few thoughts on Inspiration and being an artist

  1. Love this post! And I also get that same feeling of dread when asked what I do… Not only that they won’t think it’s a ‘real’ job, but that they may have an idea in their head of what my furniture pieces look like (and in my head, their idea doesn’t match what I do.) Both are insecurities of mine that I keep fighting!

    And you nailed it at the end of your post- be inspired but translate that inspiration into your own artistic language. Love your work!

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