Who do you look to for inspiration?
No matter what our creative talents, hobbies and passions may be, it is important that we look to others who share the same interests for inspiration. As an art blogger, for me, Christopher Jobson's blog Colossal does just that! Inspires!
The blog was created in 2001. Shorty after, it gained immense momentum. Today, in a common week you can find anywhere from 15 to 20 posts on photography, design, installation art, architecture, street art, animation and more.
In an ever growing digital age, Colossal helps to remind us that creativity is still alive and as organic as ever, as people continue to produce amazing pieces of art with their hands.
While we're on the subject of creativity and the importance of looking to others for inspiration, let me use this opportunity to introduce you to one of my favorite Colossal post, Where Do Ideas Come From? A Short Film by Andrew Norton Tackles the Nature of Inspiration.
The short film is approximately 5 minutes long and expresses the perspectives of people from various creative backgrounds and ages, including the likes of Chuck Close and Susan Orlean. What I love most about the video is the simplicity of each answer. As a people we tend to look to those who are mega successful in their craft to inspire, but in the video, inspiration comes from ideas that can be as small as a sentence in a story, or a ball bouncing down the street. But for Chuck Close, surprisingly, inspiration "is for amateurs , the rest of us just show up and get the work done." In other words, if we sit around and wait for inspiration before getting to work, we never develop the discipline that is a prerequisite for inspiration.
The entire blog is filled with original art that highlights a rich creative culture on a daily basis.
I have but one critique at this time. I was unable to leave a comment on any post because the feature is deactivated. Boo, I am sure it is for a specific reason, nonetheless, it's a major downer.
What are you waiting for? Check out the post, watch the video and let me know what you think!
Ready, set, go!