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Monday, April 18, 2016

Chocolate for the Soul - Motivation Monday

What is the Chocolate for your Soul?


What is inspiration?

What inspires me may be different than what inspires you.

As an artist, I am a visual learner.
I am inspired by all of the above.

But what is inspiration?
Inspiration lifts.
Inspiration motivates.
Inspiration teaches.

How or why are we inspired?

Being inspired isn't the same thing as being motivated to me.
I can be motivated to improve many parts of my life through podcasts, quotes, check lists, etc.

But, to be inspired is to be the very best I can at whatever I'm inspired to do.
Do we seek inspiration?
We should!

Oh yeah!  This inspires me!

To me, to be inspired is the best form of motivation.
I am inspired by beautiful flowers to learn how to paint beautiful flowers. 
I am inspired by beautiful clouds and light to learn how to paint beautiful skies and how to use light.

Beautiful music inspires or lifts me. 
I am a child of the 50's and 60's,
a time of some of the best music ever.
Great fun popular music,
Rock and roll,
Folk music,
Protest music.
 I give it a 9.5 because you can dance to it.
(Channeling Dick Clark's Bandstand).

But inspiring music is timeless uplifting music.

Sets your soul free to wander around in the heart and mind and soul. 

I need that in my life.
I need color.
I need nature.
Just as I need air.

I seek out things to be inspired by, daily.
It's not enough to let inspiration come to me wherever it has a chance to find me.
I seek it out.

Find those things that inspire you,
lift you,
make you better than you are,
that awakens something deep inside of you,
then seek it everyday, if only for a few minutes. 

Here are some pics from my inspired morning.

 Got the background blocked in.

Here's my view from the office.
Love it out here on the porch.
in Kentucky,
painting flowers! 

Here they sit, side by side.

20" x 10" acrylic on a canvas panel.

Inspired or Motivated?

I was inspired by the beauty of the flowers,
and then I was motivated
 to see if I could do them justice.

Hopefully, you're one or the other or both today.

Thanks for stopping by today.

I'll be giving a painting away at the end of the month.


  1. You really should write a motivational book, Sharon. You have a great start with quite a few blog posts already perfect for it.
    I seek out my soul stuff too. I surround my studio and home with little things which bring me deep pleasure.
    This is a lovely floral. Have to mention the perfect eclipses which you cleverly did on top of the already painted background. The best way to paint glass.

  2. Thanks so much Julie. About 20 years ago I wanted to be a motivational speaker and without realizing it I sort of am doing just that?


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.