I was just thinking about how the people in our lives become such an important part of our creative process and how we almost always end up including elements of inspiration from the people and things around us, in our works. And it really makes you wonder how wonderful it is to be able to turn our emotions into a concept. We associate symbols, colours, sounds and so many other things with the people we know, and I think that it’s pretty difficult to have a creative friend or partner and not play any part, whatsoever, in their creative process.
We’ve all done it before and I’m sure there’s still a long way to go before we exhaust ourselves of the inspiration that we get from these people and the things they make you feel. Personally, I have found myself writing about people and moments that have left a mark on me. It’s very hard to let yourself heal from certain things. So, to move forward, we try to pour all of it in the things we do. I’m not saying that it’s always healthy, but catharsis comes in many different shapes and forms and we don’t have much say in that.
I’ve been told before that I do a good job of putting my emotions out there through my art and I am really glad that I can do so because it’s a great way to heal. I don’t think that artists ever take negative elements of inspiration from people who haven’t hurt them. People need to understand that, in any form of art, the feelings that have been portrayed may or may not be real. Ask any artist and they’ll tell you how good they are at talking to themselves; we make up scenarios in our heads way more than you think.
Do our ideas end up making it out of our heads and onto paper always? Debatable. But it’s most definitely derived from what we’ve been through. We may allow ourselves to do some self-indulgent writing or sketching every once in a while, but that’s pretty much it.
I just think that it’s very neat.
And, hey, if you have to ask an artist if some element of their art was inspired by you, I have to tell you: it most probably is not, but if the shoe fits and if you strike a chord with what they’ve created, then go ahead and imagine yourself as that character. It’s very versatile like that.
Don’t think too much about it. Leave the thinking to the creatives and just go back to admiring art.
I’ve just wanted to write something like this for way too long, now, and I decided to go ahead and post this today. It might not make a lot of sense, but it’s a piece of my thoughts and I just really wanted to put this out there because it felt like a good idea at the moment. Bear with me.