Google+ LISTENING TO THE SQUEAK INSIDE art by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs: ☆ Whats your Inspiration?

Friday, October 21, 2011

☆ Whats your Inspiration?

Over at Inspiration Avenue the question 'what's your inspiration?' was posed.

At the time I was part way through a new painting, thinking about inspiration, who or what inspires me, and I realised the painting I was working on was actually inspired by a song.

Inspiration is such a personal journey. Everyone's muse is different, and so I started to think about what am I inspired by? And my answer - pretty much anything!

Ok, ok so I know that is so vague, but it is kinda true.

My inspiration comes from songs, from books, from the light hitting a building or a field, from my daily walks, from my children, from movies, from my husband, from my garden, from a drive in the car, from the summer storms, from the internet (OMG pintrest!), from travelling....

This piece was inspired by the song 'Jar of Hearts' by Christina Perri

'Jar of Hearts'
©2011 Kirstin McCulloch
Mainly though my inspiration comes to me when I don't think about it. I don't read a book or listen to music, or go for walks, or travel to find inspiration, it just comes.

But I think I have to do all these things, I have to read, listen, speak and observe, to be exposed so that I can be open to receive it. And I believe that is the key to inspiration - you have to be open to the muse squeaking in your head.

How do you encourage your inspiration? Do you actively seek it or do you let it evolve more organically? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Have a great weekend.


  1. I love that song and this is a great piece for it. So nice to meet you! Thank you for entering my giveaway and for stopping by today.

  2. I agree with you. You have to be open to receive inspiration. :) Wonderful painting. Your girls always have such attitude in her eyes. :)

  3. Cool painting and I was listening to that song last week too!!! Music is so important to how I work and is a constant inspiration to me also great post xx

  4. OMG Pinterest! I know what you mean, I'm addicted to it, not only for my art inspiration but for crafts, home decor, photography and cooking! What's your username? I'd love to follow you. Great post btw, and fantastic painting. I love the hearts in the jar, so well done!

  5. I love the Jar of Hearts and the way the song inspired you to make this lovely piece. I really like how you paint. I can't paint anything, but I admire those who can.

    Not sure how I'm inspired. Sometimes it's my cat, sometimes it's a deadline, sometimes it's the prompt. It's often never the same.

  6. Beautiful work! I try to be open to inspiration all around me. Sometimes I fight it because I think that is not the direction I should go in--I am always wrong about that, LOL!

  7. I'm the same way. When I try to be creative, I can't. When I just release the "need", it comes to me. Love the jar of hearts! thx for stopping by my blog, too

  8. Mood, event, weather, sound, fragrance- it can come from many places and not being closed off makes it easier. Your painting is adorable, especially the suspended hearts and the girl.

  9. She has a lot of love to give...
    I think YOU have just inspired ME, lol

  10. I think I could be inspired by those bright green eyes!

  11. Lovely piece! I'm inspired by words too sometimes. I never find it works for me to chase inspiration - I always have to let it evolve!


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