"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working,"
- Pablo Picasso
A well said statement, and I couldn't agree more. I believe that what he is trying to convey is that inspiration, while energizing and certainly the catalyst for many creative works of art, is not something that just happens upon us on a whim, well, most of the time. The myth that artists just sit around waiting for something to pop into their heads has long been fed by subscribers to the "starving artist" mentality. As an artist, if I were to wait for something to hit me over the head in the form of inspiration, I would get very little work done.
Instead, I find that showing up every day, going out and finding things that inspire is much more energizing, adventurous, and productive than waiting for something to just generate organically. If you look close enough, you can find inspiration in very simple things that are found in everyday life, and the right light can turn anything into compelling subject matter for me.
From people gathering, to cityscapes and architecture, to choreographed shadows on a buildings' facade, what happens at the easel is my interpretation of these things, and where inspiration begins to unfold in the form of a composition.