Inspiration is a tricky thing. As artists, we're plagued by its vague and flirty relationship with our work. At times it feels like it's here to stay, a mighty and wonderful comrade we can lean our head on when in strife, and at other times we're up late at night begging for it to stop by again.
With evidence now showing that travel is a better mood booster than shopping or exercise, I found myself curious to find if adventure had a part in increasing creative inspiration for artists lives.
In every interview of our podcast's episodes, we set out to pick the brains of the adventurous, creative and bold souls we were inspired by. We learned so much about where these artists and explorers find their creative bliss, but also how seeing more of the world and seeking new experiences in their own neck of the woods brought out inspiration in their work. Knowing that these influencers and path makers in all sorts of creative fields were hungry for adventure solidified our belief in travel's power as a inspirational tool.
We choose to travel for new, invigorating experiences. The ones that will keep us up at night in a fit of nostalgia. We seek adventure for the excitement of a new discovery. One that will be kept in our back pocket for a rainy day or a fresh change of pace. This desire to see more of the world and experience it opens our minds to just how big and grande this planet is, how we are just one tiny cell on a petri dish. And these realizations in combination with newfound beauty can be awe-inspiring. The colors of Morocco, the flavors of a Japanese market, the lights of Rome in the evening, the setting sun on the mountains in the town next door. When we open our everyday lens in which we see the world, we are able to welcome in the inspiration that is abound.
Whatever your art is, whether music, oil painting, knitting or cooking... put your inspiration it on it's feet. Take it elsewhere with you. Whether that's downtown to a new foreign restaurant, to the city an hour away, a festival you've been meaning to soak in or a big holiday abroad, the size of the adventure cannot tame your wild and calling creativity.