I love to be in nature. There is something magical about being outdoors seeing a beautiful sunset on the beach.
Spending time in nature can help your artistic inspiration in 5 different ways like 1) getting us out of the studio to see something new, 2) doing as the en Plein air painters and seeing art in new light 3) boosting our creativity 4) helping us unblock an artistic block, and 5) clearing our minds so we can be more creative.
Nature continues to be one of the more powerful natural medicines around. There are many health benefits to getting outdoors and taking a walk.
Nature Gets Us Out of the Studio
If you are an artist, like me, that mainly paints in a studio setting, getting outside can help with artist inspiration. There is something wonderful about painting as the sun is shining around you.
If we stay in the studio too much, we are limited by what we see in our studio. This can limit our perception of the world and also our artistic inspiration.
By getting out into nature we can increase our world view and inspirations. For example, by hiking in nature we may see a rock and think, I want to paint an abstract of that rock and then we start to see the colors in our mind.
We can only be inspired by nature if we actually go out into nature. This can maybe be more important now than at any other time as the world is dealing with issues like the Coronavirus. To really gain artistic inspiration an artist needs to get outside into nature to see the world differently than just the walls of their art studio.
Nature Help Us See A New World of Art
The Impressionist en Plein air painters taught us the importance of studying and understanding light and nature. They also showed us how this could only be done by getting outdoors.
If you are interested to find out more about the en Plein art movement you can read our blog on All About En Plein Air Painting, What You Need to Know by clicking here.
Here some things that the en Plein art movement taught about art and nature:
- Color – if you ever had to match any colors you know the best light to do this in is natural sunlight. The en Plein air painters understood this as they knew that being in nature and outdoors helps us to understand color and to recognize color differences and color shades and how they are affected by light.
- Light – Being in nature is also a study in light. Whether it is watching a beautiful sunset, sunrise, or even the sun blaring on a hot summer day. All of these help you to see light, shadow, and colors in a new way.
- Artistic Inspiration – The en Plein air painters understood one of the greatest places to go for inspiration was in nature. They understood that nature gave them a limitless amount of things to paint and if they went out into nature they would never run out of artistic inspiration.
Nature Boasts Your Creativity
Being out in nature is known to help boost your creativity. The University of Utah and the University of Kansas did a study between 56 people – 30 men and 26 women. They participated in a 4 to 6-week wilderness trip. No electronic devices were allowed on the trip
One group was given the creativity test before they went on their excursion and the other after they had been out in nature for 4 days. The group who took the creativity test after being in nature for 4 days did at least 50% better than the group who took the test before they started their journey.
In speaking of their research results, David Strayer a professor of psychology at the University of Utah said:
Nature Can Unblock Artistic Block
If you are experiencing the ever dreadful artistic block and you are not sure what to paint, nature has shown to help to not only boost your creativity but also to help inspire you.
The great architect Frank Lloyd Wright understood this well. He admonished us to:
Frank Lloyd Wright understood what so many other artists have understood that the greatest way to get artistic inspiration is to go out in nature.
A Walk In Nature Can Clear Your Mind
If you are feeling stuck or just low on energy, this can affect your ability to produce art. Depression, stress, and a host of other things can zap your creative energy and artistic inspiration.
Stanford University did an experiment where they had one group of subjects take a walk in nature and one group walk in an urban environment. They found that those that took a walk in nature had better mental health than those in the urban environment. There were able to make a link between nature and our mental health.
Stanford University also found that a walk in nature can help you to clear your mind and improve your overall mental health. Anything that is good for your mental health can also directly impact your artistic inspiration.
If you are feeling stuck, uninspired or feel you are missing out on artistic inspiration, go out and spend sometime in nature. According to all the studies that have been conducted it will great help improve not only your mental health but also your creativity.
How Can I Find Art Inspiration?
Every artist needs to look for ways to find artistic inspiration in the world around them. The world is filled with art inspiration if you know how and where to look for it.
We have outlined 5 tips to help you find art inspiration like 1) get artistic eyes, 2) take inspirational photos, 3) study the work of the art masters, 4) try to copy the work of the art masters, and 5) draw in an art journal. All of these techniques will help you to find artistic inspiration.
To discover more about this you can read our blog on 5 Tips for Finding Art Inspiration To Help You Improve Your Painting by clicking here.
What Are Some Life-changing Skills That Art Helps You Develop?
No matter what age you are, there are a lot of positive things that you can learn from art. Any kind of art will help you to develop important life-changing skills.
We have outlined our top 10 life-changing skills art helps you will develop as 1) Creativity, 2) Observation, 3) Self-expression 4) Memory, 5) Focus, 6) Concentration 7) Discipline, 8) Perseverance, 9) Collaboration and 10) Risk-taking.