61 Inspiring Moments

It’s a remarkable fact that some of the most inspiring things, for an artist, are over and done in brief, ephemeral moments.  The fleeting nature of these short bursts of pure feeling and emotion are no less powerful for their brevity.  An inspiring moment can be drawn upon as a foundation or as basic raw material for a work of art by an artist with the sensitivity to do so.  The potency of these experiences is almost inexplicable, since the wellspring of artistic invigoration can seem almost inexhaustible.  As an artist, it’s important to note the little moments of evanescent life that inspire you.

Here are sixty one moments that inspire me:

  1. The moment of lucid understanding when the answer to a difficult problem is suddenly obvious to you
  2. Holding your child in your arms for the very first time
  3. The first knowing smile of somebody that you realise loves you as much as you love them
  4. The first waft of alluring coffee aroma, as you open a new packet of freshly ground beans
  5. The opening chord of a loud concert by a favourite artist or band
  6. The first hint of a refreshing sea breeze, after a sultry, humid day
  7. When the chocolate in your mouth suddenly melts away because it is a Lindor
  8. Seeing an original Monet or Van Gogh painting at close quarter for the very first time
  9. Hearing your favourite song on the radio when you’re feeling sad or lonely
  10. The sound of children’s laughter as they play
  11. Hearing your son or daughter sing on stage for the very first time
  12. Being warmly embraced when you are cold
  13. The crisp sound of silence when the ground is covered with newly fallen snow
  14. Unexpectedly catching the heady fragrance of roses, jasmine or honeysuckle, on a warm summer evening
  15. Applause your didn’t think you deserved
  16. Cool water on your tongue and in your mouth, after working very hard
  17. Nailing your live performance, just like you did in your best rehearsal
  18. The gradual dawning realisation of what it is that you were trying to achieve, on the faces of your colleagues, as your painting nears completion or the song you are recording begins to take form
  19. Brilliantly coloured sunsets, bathing the sky in violet, pink and orange
  20. The warmth of sunlight on your cheek as you wake in the morning
  21. Being greeted with sheer ebullient enthusiasm and joy by a dog that adores you
  22. Finding a long lost, but cherished possession that you had given up for gone
  23. Hugs
  24. Finding the perfect rhyme, when writing a poem or a lyric
  25. Being reunited with an old friend, after many years away
  26. Having a purring cat snuggle up to you
  27. The crashing sound made by a very large surf
  28. Being in a city with very tall buildings for the first time and looking up
  29. Listening to the soft sound of water fountains, watching the light catch in the beads and streams of water and feeling the spray upon your face
  30. Finding out that you have been missed
  31. Going fast with the wind in your hair and on your face
  32. Looking at an unbroken view all the way to the horizon
  33. Being somewhere up very high
  34. Sudden acceleration
  35. Listening to the delicacy of a sustained piano note with your ear pressed up against the wooden case (works well on a guitar too)
  36. Catching the smell of freshly cut or planed timber
  37. Sitting in front of a log fire
  38. Symmetric patterns
  39. Hearing bird song during the morning dawn chorus, especially in an exotic location that has exotic birds
  40. Noticing the rustling of the wind in the trees in Autumn
  41. That moment at dusk when the street lights suddenly flicker to life
  42. Hearing the sound of a familiar voice on the phone
  43. Being in a dark, quiet, musty cave
  44. Hearing a new guitar effect for the first time
  45. Discovering an audio sample library or synthesizer patch where the sounds are new to you and you don’t know how they were made
  46. Wandering around on a warm day, with no particular place to go and no deadline
  47. Receiving an unexpected gift of something that was a secret and cherished wish
  48. Eating hot buttered crumpets
  49. Making popcorn the old fashioned way
  50. The sound and feel of brand new guitar strings
  51. When the clouds on a blue sky day seem to form a recognisable shape or pattern
  52. Catching a glimpse of a meteor as it streaks across the sky on a dark, starlit night
  53. Laughing until you cry at a shared joke with friends, when the joke was probably only funny if you were there at the time
  54. When your child says something profound in all innocence
  55. Just making it to the bus stop or train station on time to catch the bus or train
  56. Noticing the intricate, frosty patterns made by ice on your windscreen, on a Winter morning
  57. Dragon breath when it’s cold
  58. Slipping on some comfy walking boots
  59. A day spent in cosy, decadent indulgence, in your pyjamas, in bed
  60. Watching birds soar and glide on the breeze
  61. Seeing old things in museums and wondering about their life history and who held them

What moments inspire you?


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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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4 Responses to 61 Inspiring Moments

  1. Nikki says:

    Numbers 5, 9, 16, 29, and 41 are particularly strong ones for me.

    Another is that moment when a complete stranger finishes your sentence for you. Or venturing outside at 4am after it’s rained, and it looks like the planet’s been washed clean.

  2. Touch2Touch says:

    Got to #7 and had to leave the computer and go into the kitchen drawer where I keep my stash of Lindor.
    Blissed out.

  3. Ah I see a fellow chocolate appreciator among us 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

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