Inspirational Ideas and Activities for the Traveling Visual Artist

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For artists, inspiration can be found in various places and in different ways. Some let it come to them, but some go the extra mile to step out and look for it. If you’re one of the latter, then go all out and get away from your familiar surroundings. Travel to another state, maybe even to another country, and experience the unfamiliar. Try activities that you haven’t tried before and stretch your imagination. Here are some ideas to get you started on your quest for inspiration as a traveling artist.

Seeing the Sights

Landscapes are a favorite subject for many artists, whether they travel or not. However, there’s nothing quite like seeing the view with your own eyes and making your own artistic interpretation on the spot. Not only can you see the big picture, you can also get up close and personal with the little details. You don’t even have to stay on land for your art. Try out different vantage points. For example, you can go rent or buy some boating supplies in Grand Lake OK, taking in the sights while on the water.

Food Tripping

food trip

Different places each have their own special delicacies. And while you’re traveling, you can let them feed both your stomach and your soul. Observe the different colors and textures while appreciating their smells and flavors. Make art that reflects how delicious it is for you. Aside from that, you can also try to capture the feel of the store or restaurant that serves it. In a way, your art can become a window for other people to experience what you’ve seen, felt, smelled, and tasted.

Life Sketches

You might be the kind of person who’s struggling with the human anatomy, going through every detailed reference that you can find. If this is the case, then maybe you can try something different in your travels. Instead of trying to draw people perfectly, observe real-life examples of people doing all sorts of activities, and make loose sketches of these. See which features are the most important to get right first and then work from there. To make this more exciting, you can attend a major event where people move around a lot, such as sporting events.

Collective Imagination

People all over the world have their own beliefs, and these include figures, creatures, and deities from their local mythologies. Many pieces of art are made with them as the subjects, and they can become inspiration for your work as well. You can even exchange stories with the locals and fuel your imagination even more. Let your art tell their tales to the rest of the world. Maybe you can even put in a twist of your own or reimagine them.

You might be excited to go out right now, but you shouldn’t forget the importance of preparation. Make sure that your materials are easy to pack, carry, and take out, and are secure in transit. Also, remember to bring along the essentials such as clothes and toiletries. Plan out your itinerary, but also make room for fun while on your trip.