Inspiration is really just an idea. Everyone has ideas every day – from a politician figuring how to hide an indiscretion to what you want to make for dinner. Creative people (aka artists) get ideas that they want to execute through their chosen field of artistic expression, such as writing, sculpture, crafts, etc. Creative inspiration is often more sporadic, and elusive than artists would like it to be. Writers are especially known for their “writer’s block”, but many visual artists suffer some dry spells also. A lot depends on their environment, the issues in their life, and how much time or energy they can devote to the pursuit of their work. One’s creativity can be affected by many factors. It’s like sex drive. You may not always be in the mood or be too tired when the opportunity arises.
As I can only speak for myself, I can honestly say that inspiration has never been lacking for me. Maybe that is because I have taken “breaks” between the periods in my life where I was actively pursuing my art career. Having to work to make a living, I had to learn to compartmentalize my creative urges. When I got an idea, I would just save it for later up in my artistic attic. When I had the time to do so, I opened that attic door and rummaged through the creative treasures I had stored up. Over the years, I have made files, sketches and copious notes about fine art paintings, portraits, or series of work that I want to do. By now it is clear that I will not live long enough to execute all of them. Especially since I keep coming up with new ideas all the time. Most creative people’s brains work that way – being able to get an idea through visual, auditory or other sensory stimulus that other people do not. While every individual is different, and gets ideas from different things, we all share the capacity to be inspired physically, emotionally or mentally.