I often wonder what inspiration looks like. I think it is nothing more than creativity. Another way of looking at things. Creating something new from several old things. What do you think? Where does inspiration comes from?
Inspiration in the woods by Lbetho Art
People ask me often where I get my inspiration from. To be honest, it comes from everywhere. Sometimes the wind blows the inspiration to me. Blades of grass that blows in the wind have inspired me to the painting “Sweet memories”:
and to this painting “I’m in love with an alien“:
Everyday I walk in the woods with our dog Nathan. In the woods I see a lot of interesting forms For example two trees that hang towards each other are for me two giraffe-like animals who are madly in love with each other. They don’t have any idea what’s going on in their surroundings.
When I see a tree with a big bench towards the tree, I see a big animal that jumps up to the tree. Both examples are in this painting “I thought I was in Paradise”:
Another example is a big tree with branches on all sides, that has fallen over. The branches reminds me of all kind of arms reaching out above and beyond, maybe for help or something like that. This painting is called “Do you wanna marry me?”:
There are lots of other ways to get inspiration.
Inspiration through commissioned work
Regularly I make commissioned work. With a commission I get a special theme, colors or a picture which I have to translate in a painting. Sometimes it is a special occasion, like for example a wedding, or a birthday.
I also dream about this at night, but in a different way. It is more structured than most dreams I randomly get. I instruct myself to think about the painting I have to make, to think about a way to express the special theme, or occasion. I have to think about this for a few days and nights. Then suddenly I have a beginning and that is the start of the painting. I finish the painting in my head during the next few days and then I can put it on canvas.
For the exhibition in Brasil during the Worldcup in 2014 I was invited to represent Holland. From every participating country one artist was invited to participate in the exhibition.
The theme was to tell something about your country. I translated that in 3 Old dutch songs.
“Hup Holland Hup” became “The Dutch lion on wooden shoes”:
“Daar bij die molen” became “There at the mill I found true love”:
“Tulpen uit Amsterdam” became “Tulips and more from Amsterdam”:
Inspiration from my dreams by Lbetho Art
I dream a lot at night. I have always pictures in my head.
When I wake up in the middle of the night my dream is still in my head. The pictures keep me awake and I finish the painting in my head. I have a lot of paintings in my head this way and sometimes it is so much, I have to clear my head and put some paintings on canvas.
This painting “Are you sorry we drifted apart?” was in my head for several days and nights, so I had to paint it.
It is obviously something completely different from my other works, so I made a new series out of it. The series is called “No strings attached”.
These are some other paintings in this series:
“And so they danced all night”
“It was always you from the start”
Inspiration by looking in a magazine or staring out of the window by Lbetho Art
Another important way of finding inspiration is looking or reading in a magazine or book or staring out of the window. Everything I read I translate in a picture in my head. Everything I see I translate in a painting in my head.
A picture of a polecat became this painting called “Nice to meet you”. I was wandering what he would look like without his mask. So I took away his mask.
A picture of a big spider became this painting “Don’t blame me I’m drunk”.
I thought it would be fun to give him a lot of alcohol so he would be drunk and then find out what he would look like. The spider got entangled in several masks to pretend he was al right, but obviously he is very drunk.