I spent 10 hours this week trying to create a digital collage of a vase of flowers. It looked okay but nothing special. It was an up hill battle because the art did not flow out of me. It was not time spent that was the problem, but the drain of energy.
Eventually I decided that it was not worth pursing further and if I was honest with myself, the inspiration had come from seeing an up tick in flower vase art trending. I realised that a negative of consuming too much online content is your inspiration can get shaped. It was time to go back to my roots. What initially started me on a digital art journey? This was layering vintage textiles under my own landscape photography. My first moody beach collage is still a best seller of mine. Even though in technique I have considerably improved since then. I resolved to re-focus and get back to pulling on inspiration that comes from within not externally. To do this, you have to really quieten the noise. Remove interference. Be still.
The first step was to get out to the beaches and take some photos. Later that night, while etching out details of the rose bouquet in the sand, giving a luminous quality to the world I was making, I realised that following your own curiosities and carving your own art path is more satisfying and sustainable, than copying trends. For me the test is - Does creating this art piece drain my energy or create energy. Go for the latter. It shows through.