How To Get Inspired - Visit An Art Museum

For artists, it's very important to feel inspired in order to create great art. But we all can suffer from a creative block from time to time. Oftentimes an artist can find themselves sitting in front of a blank canvas and nothing they try to draw seems to be working. That is why it can be a good idea to get away from the drawing table a bit and go out and seek inspiration, not from the internet, but from the real world.

Art museums are a perfect place to let your brain relax and absorb new ideas. There's so much that can be learned from looking at old master painters' works. Here are some photos I took at an art gallery I visited a few weeks ago. I wanted to find paintings that had an interesting composition or a great use of light and colour.

Wall of artist self portraits at the Ateneum art gallery in Helsinki, Finland. Artist self portraits are always super interesting. You can learn so much about how the artist sees themselves by looking at their self portraits.

Wall of artist self portraits at the Ateneum art gallery in Helsinki, Finland. Artist self portraits are always super interesting. You can learn so much about how the artist sees themselves by looking at their self portraits.

Stunning painting by artist Albert Edelfelt. The composition in this painting is really beautiful. There's a moment captured in this painting, and you can imagine how the little girl in the white dress is eager to return to playing with her friends once her mother has finished braiding her hair. Also the effect of light is amazing in this painting.

Stunning painting by artist Albert Edelfelt. The composition in this painting is really beautiful. There's a moment captured in this painting, and you can imagine how the little girl in the white dress is eager to return to playing with her friends once her mother has finished braiding her hair. Also the effect of light is amazing in this painting.

Self portrait of artist Elin Danielson. I love the soft lighting in this portrait.

Self portrait of artist Elin Danielson. I love the soft lighting in this portrait.

This painting stood out amongst the dozens of landscape paintings because of the bold use of colour. This painting was truly stunning in person. I love the contrasting colours of reds and greens in this painting.

This painting stood out amongst the dozens of landscape paintings because of the bold use of colour. This painting was truly stunning in person. I love the contrasting colours of reds and greens in this painting.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the paintings that stood out in this art exhibition. I took a lot of photos at the museum and I will be sharing more of them in future blog posts. Thank you for reading!

-Eeva