I find inspiration does start with a work ethic, but blossoms a bit with relaxing and not forcing any certain thing to happen.
If I get myself to the studio and just start, it comes.
Yesterday I had a long and slow day at the gallery, not many visitors were coming, so lots of time to "fiddle" around in my journal.
Just sitting there, a bit bored, I doodled and drew, and the ideas slowly formed.
Now and then, my time was punctuated with a conversation with a patron, or with a bit of wandering around and talking to Joan, the other artist working with me.
By the end of the day, I really liked what I had added to the journal pages.
Sometimes it is in the blur of non-directed thinking that gentle beauty can emerge. Our push push push culture of production has never encouraged us to work dreamily like this.
so wrong of it, and so counter-productive to creating something new and authentic.
"I learned... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness." --Brenda Ueland