Inspiration For New Guitars

Why is it that when you want to be inspired, nothing comes to mind? Or you get inspired at the most inopportune moments but forget the idea before you can actually do anything about it?

I feel like I have writer’s block.

I have some ideas for new guitars to woodburn but there always seems to be something wrong. The type of wood or shape of the guitar body isn’t quite right for the design. The design doesn’t come out the way it looks in my head. Or I stress over how the design will be received.

It’s so frustrating. I just want to create.

Is there such a thing as an intervention for artists? Perhaps I just need to lay off the caffeine for a while.

Lately, I’ve gotten inspiration for the designs I woodburn onto guitars from doing Google searches. I think of a word, like say “despair,” type it into Google, then click on Images and see what comes up. There are some amazing images out there on the internet. And I find seeing how another artist interpreted a feeling helps me find a way to express it in my own way. Kind of like how writers reference other writers when they’re blighted by writer’s block.

If I’m lucky, inspiration will just strike while I’m sitting at a red light or doing something mundane, like house chores.

I often wonder how other artists get their inspiration. Do they over think everything like I do? Or do ideas flow ceaselessly, like beer at a frat party?

I’d love to hear about what inspires you.

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