Artistic process: the many paths to creativity

Abstract floral painting by painter Claire Desjardins, inspired by nature.

As an abstract painter, I often find myself seeking new sources of inspiration to fuel my creativity. The beauty of abstract art lies in its ability to evoke emotions and interpretations that are unique to each viewer. In this blog post, I want to share with you the many different ways I find inspiration and start an abstract painting.

1. Nature's wonders: the great outdoors

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is the natural world. Whether it's a breathtaking sunset, the intricate patterns of a leaf, or the rhythmic movement of ocean waves, nature never fails to captivate me. I often take long walks in the park or hike through scenic trails, allowing myself to absorb the beauty around me. These experiences often find their way onto my canvas, as I try to capture the essence of nature's wonders in my abstract paintings.

2. Music: the language of the soul

Music has a profound impact on my artistic process. I find that certain melodies and rhythms can evoke powerful emotions and ignite my creativity. When I'm in need of inspiration, I create a playlist of my favorite songs and let the music guide my brushstrokes. The harmonies and lyrics become visual representations on the canvas, resulting in a symphony of colors and shapes.

3. Travel: exploring new horizons

Colorful sunset: color inspiration looks like an abstract painting.

Traveling to new places is like opening a treasure chest of inspiration. The sights, sounds, and cultures I encounter during my journeys often find their way into my abstract paintings. Whether it's the vibrant colors of a bustling market or the serene tranquility of a secluded beach, each destination offers a unique perspective that enriches my artistic vision.

4. Emotions: the inner landscape


Painting detail: "A Bite of Fresh Mango" - colourful abstract painting by artist / painter Claire Desjardins.


Emotions are a powerful driving force behind abstract art. When I'm feeling overwhelmed, joyful, or even melancholic, I channel those emotions onto the canvas. Abstract art allows me to express the complexities of the human experience in a way that words cannot. By embracing my emotions and letting them guide my brush, I create art that resonates with others on a deeply personal level.

5. Experimentation: breaking boundaries

One of the most exciting aspects of abstract art is the freedom to experiment. I constantly challenge myself to try new techniques, materials, and styles. Whether it's pouring, splattering, or layering, I let my intuition guide me as I explore uncharted territories. This sense of exploration not only keeps my art fresh and exciting but also opens up new avenues of inspiration.

Abstract painter Claire Desjardins painting al fresco in courtyard with lemon tree.

So, if you're an aspiring abstract painter or simply looking to ignite your creative spark, I encourage you to explore these different sources of inspiration. Whether it's through nature, music, travel, emotions, or experimentation, there are countless ways to start an abstract painting. Remember, the beauty of abstract art lies in its ability to capture the essence of the human experience in a way that is uniquely yours. So, grab your brushes, let your imagination run wild, and embark on your own journey into the world of abstract art.

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Love your style. It’s wonderful to express your emotions and inspirations as you do!

Donna Neftin

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