Recently, I took part in an interesting conversation at RealArtShare‘s site. I love being around interesting people. We were talking about staying inspired. Kathleen Smith asked:

Lucy, I saw your site and all of your artwork. Very nice! How do you keep your motivation to paint? I am always amazed when I hear about artists that have painted 100′s of paintings or more. I struggle to make myself paint one painting a month.

Kathleen’s comment really got me thinking; how do I keep artwork from becoming drudgery? One way I am refreshed is through interacting with other artists, writers, photographers, bloggers. I am often inspired by their unique perspectives. I also take notes and do quick sketches or several detailed studies, or doodle, or fiddle and experiment with a piece that never quite came together. In the discussion I also shared other ways I get in the mood:

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