Arizona Designer Craft & Art Newsletter

Where does your creative inspiration come from?

Let's start with this definition - Inspiration (from the Latin inspirare, meaning "to breathe into") is an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or visual art and other artistic endeavours. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration or " enthusiasm " came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus.

How many of you had an unconscious burst of energy? During the summer it is my hardest time to be creative. Why? For me it's the heat. I like summer, believe me I do, but the heat wears me down. For me to stay creative during the hot months, I have read art books and listened to podcasts from artists. I decided to take this one step further and looked for an online art history class. I researched various classes and decided to revisit the Renaissance era. This time period was always interesting to me and taking this class again has gotten my creative juices flowing. The instructor is well versed and engaging in the subject of Renaissance Art. The course has just began, but we will be covering everything from Proto - Renaissance to Michelangelo and Mannerism.

For example, Giotto di Bondone never studied the human anatomy. His creativity led him to explore a three-dimensional world. He rejected the world of rigid Byzantine art and got "creative".

Giotto's frescos changed the narrative of art history. He broke the connection of technique painting and refused to follow all the medieval painting "rules". The image above is Giotto's "The Lamentation" portrays how he changed the position of the bodies, added detail in the clothing to show light and dark shadows and made the images more realistic.

How does reading and studying make me more creative? This summer I wrote a detailed plan of where I see my art going. It is bringing about my own creative "Renaissance" transition.

I would love to hear from you if any of you have gone through your own artistic creative Rebirth. You can email me at

Stay Creative

The Divine Ms. N

Board Members

President: Warren Norgaard

Vice President: Pat Glover

State Jury Chairperson: Gail Jamieson