My Secret To Finding Dream Inspiration

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Wendy Brayton: My Secret To Finding Inspiration

Most people are familiar with the term “writer’s block.”   But I believe that block comes in all forms.  How about “Dreamer’s Block?”  Or for me “painter’s block?”

I am just finishing my first semester of grad school and I have one more still life to compose and yes, I am blocked.

This post on Saturday night started as “Blogger’s Block.”

All this “blockage” made me start to think about what drives our dreams. What pushes us each to go beyond these blocks?  I thought back to some of my hardest struggles and found…


“Inspiration” has several definitions but the one that resonated the most for me was “Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.”

Though I am not a very religious person, I believe those feelings of inspiration are Divine.  It could be compared to that “Ah Ha” moment when everything falls into place or when you witness a breathtaking sunset or something miraculous.

I was seventeen, in Paris, when I discovered inspiration for the first time. I already loved creating art but I had not studied any of its history.  I found myself exploring Musee d’ Orsay and wandered into a room full of works by Degas.

That was a magical moment.  I did not know that artwork could generate such an emotional/ physical reaction. His compositions and draftsmanship was phenomenal and his colors  glowed.  I was inspired! I could not wait to return back home to paint.

So now,  when I find myself overwhelmed, I open up my art books and fall into pages of inspiration.

Great sources of inspiration can be —

  • A walk in nature
  • Movie-score music
  • Classical music
  • Dane music
  • Dancing
  • Inspirational words
  • Books on the subject you need inspiration for

How do you find inspiration?


Wendy rotated off 8 Women Dream in 2010 to complete grad school. You can find more of her plein air paintings at

  • Beautiful work as always Wendy… I too turn to others for inspiration – great writers for me, or musicians (as a dancer, I find inspiration here too…). Sometimes to painters as well! Art in all forms can spark inspiration for me while working on my own writing…

    Great to meet you and your husband Friday night! :-)


  • Kim, the traveler

    How wonderful to feel inspired like that. Always enjoy that moment. It was nice to see you and meeting your husband!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Lovely painting too – one of my absolute favorites. You were predicting todays weather in Sonoma County.

  • Wendy

    Hi Catherine,
    I really need to try meditation. It has been on a back seat goal list for years. Thank you for adding more links. I have let my own blog completely slide away and I am so impressed you could blog daily.
    Kim’s party was wonderful and it was great to finally meet everyone in person.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    For someone who was blocked this was sure a great post. I always think the creativity is there, it’s just that our own lives and thoughts can get in the way.

    When I was writing every day on A Week In The Life of A Redhead and rocking and rolling a top blog, I would worry at the end of each day, “Oh crap – what in the heck will I write about tomorrow?” I would tell myself not to worry – that the inspiration will come.

    Each morning I would go to dance class first thing, come home have coffee and breakfast, then meditate. I would then get in the shower to start my day and POOF a writing idea would pop right in my head.

    I would kick it around in the shower until it made me laugh, then I would get out, put on a robe and go crank out a post. It was like this every single day.

    I believe by relaxing and telling myself that the inspiration will come and doing other things, then the creative juices would start flowing.

    It was great seeing you Friday night and meeting your husband. You are almost done with your first semester of graduate school!!

    YIPPY! :-)