The 6th Sense for Inspiration

As artists, what doesn’t inspire us to write, sing, speak, drum, dance, paint, and create?! Like the close up in a movie that zooms from a dog’s nose to a hot dog blocks down the street to capture the heightened sense of smell it has, we as artists can have somewhat of a 6th sense that can capture and draw anything in the world around us that inspires us to create.

Inspired by Your Environment

In Genesis, we see a world being created by the Creator merely speaking it into existence. How can the senses not be moved by the world around us? We are reminded of all God created on days 1-6–the light, the atmosphere, sun, moon, stars, animals and of course people (Genesis 1)! What we see, smell, and hear around us prompts the artist to create like his/her Creator.

“The Lord somehow takes my childhood environment, mixed with all my experiences and the people who have influenced me to allow then me to interpret its meaning as an adult, a person, and a Christian.”

God and His People

The families we were raised in gives us stories of laughter, heartache, joy, pain, and triumph that we can glean from. We throw the sorrows and pleasures of our childhood in a painting, talk about our favorite uncle in a spoken word piece, and pull the love of singing from the vinyl record our parents played at night. We are so inspired by the people around us. I remember as a child sitting in the back of my little Baptist church listening to the preacher every Sunday. His sing-song like cadence, confidence, and message of truth set much of the foundation for my love of spoken word. I know that if what I am saying is the truth, it gives me the confidence to pour out words from the depths of my soul to recreate that sing-song like cadence I listened to so long ago. I’m by no means a preacher, but his preaching set the foundation for my spoken word.

The Depths of the Soul

For me, as a spoken word artist, there is a 3rd component that comes together to give my art what feels like a wholeness. The Lord somehow takes my childhood environment, mixed with all my experiences and the people who have influenced me to allow then me to interpret its meaning as an adult, a person, and a Christian. My southern childhood, infused with the sounds of New Orleans music on the street corners, mixed with the vibrant people who endured struggle, allows me to tell a story of my own. It is a story of how God uses people to help you overcome the hardships in your environment and a people who rejoice with you in times of joy. It produces a story of how God brings out the joy in people to inspire us all to create and tell the depths of who God has made us to be.

“What we see, smell, and hear around us prompts the artist to create like his/her Creator.”

What about you? What inspires you to create? What is it about your environment and the people around you that brings out the depths of your creative soul–your painting, sculpting, dancing, filmmaking, writing, and beauty? What are you going to capture today that inspires you to create?

Author: Ranika