I love a bit of art. I think art and writing sit well together. In fact, I think all writers can benefit from a little bit of art in their lives. How you ask? Read on…
Ok so this is an obvious one, but it’s still worth mentioning. Experiencing any kind of artwork (and I’m talking anything from a painting to an outside sculpture to a piece of pottery) can certainly fire off your creative neurons.
Leading on from number one you can get creative motivation from artists themselves. I find following artists and seeing the way they work, their studios, and what they produce helps to give me a bit of get up and go when it comes to my own work. You can sometimes see artists in person with open studio events, but these days it’s easy to follow people via things like Instagram, YouTube, blogs, magazines, and even podcasts, and documentaries.
3) Writing prompts
Need a writing exercise to practice your skills. Simply take a piece of art as your starting point and off you go. You could write about what’s happening in the artwork itself, or about the creator, or how it makes you feel – there’s really no limit except your imagination (sorry I can’t believe I wrote that).
4) Interior decor
This can be related to writing, I promise. Surrounding yourself with stimulating artwork can help you via a kind of osmosis. And if you buy from small artists you’re helping the creative community – bonus points!
5) A day trip
It helps to get out, especially if you have a bit of writer’s block. And where better to go than an art gallery? These buildings aren’t just full of art they’re often light, airy bits of stylish architecture in and of themselves.