July 18, 2021

How to change intimidation into inspiration

I used to think the more great art I saw of others, the more inspired I would become – not just in my art, but also in my desire to make it.

One of the best places to see a ton of great art is at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. I saw so much incredible art. Interestingly, though, I didn’t become inspired. I became intimidated.

Here is what happened…

It took a while for me even to go back into my studio. However, once I did, I spent a fair bit of time thinking about future ways to stay inspired and not intimidated by great art that isn’t yours.

The first way is to spend way more time making art rather than looking at the art of everybody else, even if they are masterpieces.

Secondly, when you do look at great art, ask yourself this question…”What is the one thing about this art that I love, and how might this idea influence my art?” In other words, create practical takeaways that pertain to your art-making.

And thirdly, remember when someone’s art becomes meteoric, famous, or just remarkably better than it was, that this can serve more as a permission slip for you to realize this opportunity can be available to you, too. So instead of dealing with the jealousy gremlins, embrace someone else’s wins as a possible outcome for you, too.

How do you manage to stay inspired and not intimidated in a world filled with extraordinary, breathtaking art?

Let us know in the comments below.

Hoping you can get to your art today.


PS The deadline for the online, 2021 Art2Life International Juried Art Exhibition Call for Entries is this Friday! This could be your opportunity to get your art seen and celebrated by a whole lot of people!

Click here for more info and to enter.

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

Join me and artists from all over the world in our Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group or learn more here about Art2Life.

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