An artist doesn't have to look far to find inspiration for their art, in my opinion, because their life, alone, is the source for many themes! One's rich culture, community, travels and experiences provide a tapestry of colorful stories.
Write down the subjects that are nearest and dearest to your heart. Make a list describing the impact they've made on you or your life. Your soul can only express what it knows!
An artist is a story teller. What lies within you that's screaming to come out? Whether your experiences have been good, bad, or ugly, give them a voice! Your life is the canvas so tell your story!
Art makes a person think, reflect, question, and learn, all at the same time. It evokes emotions that have laid dormant, and it awakens the human spirit. No two persons will respond in quite the same way. Art is powerful!
So, the next time you're wondering what to paint or create, always go with what is organic, familiar, accompanied by what you already know!
Romare Bearden is widely recognized as one of the most original and significant artists of the 20th century. Bearden (1911-1988) moved to New York City from Charlotte, North Carolina, and—notwithstanding occasional sojourns to Europe and the Caribbean—remained here for most of his life; indeed he worked for several years in a studio above the Apollo Theater, not far from the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses. His art features a broad variety of American scenes—northern and southern, urban and rural, contemporary and historical—but he is perhaps best known for his richly textured collages, depictions of universal stories featuring African American subjects.