Sometimes I notice my creative mind is gathering information, and other times I’m drawn to making things. It isn’t a hard boundary between the two states: it’s easy to go back and forth from one to the other. When I’m not drawing or painting, often I’m reading, writing, flipping through magazines, looking at artist websites, or visiting galleries or museums. Allowing your preferences guide you is a good way to get inspired. If you’re struggling with an art project, know when to walk away and give it some air. Come back to it when you’re feeling refreshed and inspired. Uncover the layers of your creativity like quiet ...

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