Ever found yourself in a creative rut?

Know you want to paint but can’t decide WHAT to paint?

This can so easily become a barrier to picking up your brush.

So how do you get inspired to paint?

It doesn’t have to be something you sit and wait for (although sitting does come into it!).

In this little video I wanted to share with you my method for MAKING inspiration show up in your life:

If you try my tips out this weekend do let me know how you get on in the comments below. And I’d also love

Happy painting

  1. Meredith Childress 6 years ago

    You are so inspiring, Anna. Somehow I find myself too intimidated by your beautiful paintings to start painting myself. But I have bought a Craftsy course and all the materials needed to begin, so all I need is courage!

    • jenn 6 years ago

      Sounds like you are ready; GO for it Meredith!!
      Great tips, Anna, thank you.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      You can do it Meredith! One step at a time 🙂

  2. Carol Gangemi 6 years ago


    You’re ideas are always so great. Sometimes we just have to quiet our minds and block out all of the daily “stuff” to become inspired. Thanks for all of your tips.

  3. Kathy OH 6 years ago

    How did you know the face I make sitting at my desk waiting for inspiration?!
    Really enjoy your work and instructions. Thankyou Anna
    Kathy, or KFOH57 on Instagram

  4. Jennie Kuzara 6 years ago

    Just do it. Nothing bolsters your confidence as much as painting. I spent 50 years totally cowed by watercolor and suddenly, in my 61st year, I am loving it. I try not to think of all the time I wasted in fear of paint on paper. Not one scrap of time spent painting is wasted, regardless of the product, because any task is about learning and doing. Failure is part of the learning process, so the thing you most fear-failure-is actually essential to your journey. Breathe deep, smile, and paint. *exits soapbox*

    • Dodi 6 years ago

      Great response, good ideas
      and observation!

  5. Hilda Vandergriff 6 years ago

    Anna thank you for the video and your inspiration. I love your painting support table stand, where can I purchase one? I will look into your online classes. Thank you.

    • Nicola 6 years ago

      Hi Hilda
      Anna’s painting support stand is a Daler Rowney Art Sphere; have a look online as I bought mine when it was on sale. I can definitely recommend it, especially as it’s stopped me slouching over my desk!

  6. Vera Douglas 6 years ago

    Thanks Anna. I love to paint landscapes and one thing I do is record TV programmes like gardener’s world or countryfile if there is a lovely garden or scene I pause the programme and use it for inspiration, even take a photo of it with my camera.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Yes, good quality TV programmes can be inspiring too, good point Vera!

  7. Maureen Malone 6 years ago

    You made me smile! What a lovely video! The senses of life….wonderful.

  8. Meeta Dani 6 years ago

    Wow! You look so lovely and confident Anna. I am enjoying watching you in your videos so much. And thanks for the valuable tips

  9. Michelle Rackley 6 years ago

    Dear Anna,

    Thank you for this article ‘How to MAKE inspiration show up’. It seems so simple but the simple is not always the first go to…why is that I wonder:) Anyway…going to the gardens and being in my garden is my inspiration and I share this with people all the time but I hadn’t thought about the 5 strategies you spoke about about. Thank you again, you are fabulous:)

    Have a great day with kindest regards,


    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      You’re so welcome. thank you Michelle 🙂

  10. Veronica Hollier 6 years ago

    Dear Anna
    You and your tutorials are all the inspiration I need at the moment. I am learning so much with you, and staggering my friends with the results.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Ooh, that’s great to hear Veronica! Well done!

  11. Sandie Barrie 6 years ago

    Dear Anna, you are absolutely stunning in mind and soul. I am so glad I found you. I am starting very slowly to put brush to paper. I am starting with one leaf. Hope to post soon.

  12. Oli 6 years ago

    Thank you Anna, your videos are always inspiring and uplifting. My favourite subject (at the moment) are tropical plants and my inspiration comes from places like Pinterest, Australian Horticultural Society pages, Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney website is great. Kew gardens is a great place too as I’m based in London but it’s not as practical. I’ve signed up with these two through Facebook so I can get their newsfeed with beautiful flowers/plants on regular basis. All the best! Oli x (your student).

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Great use of social media to inspire you Oli. It can so often be a time wasting distraction or worse. But if you’re really selective with your feeds – and with the times you access them – I do agree it can be really positive!

  13. gail santos 6 years ago

    Thank you Anna, all great suggestions presented with humor and style….now I’ll go sit in the back yard for a while.

  14. Ruth 6 years ago

    Hi there!
    I find that a sit spot next to my favorite tree, tuning in to all my senses really inspires me to get painting.
    I especially like listening to the quietest sound in the distance, or using wide angle vision, to really tune
    in. I have to shut up the “yakking mind” to get inspired. This trick does it every time! Give it a try!! 🙂

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Love those two extra approaches. Thanks for sharing Ruth – I will try them!

  15. Laurence 6 years ago

    THANK YOU for your refreshing and comforting approach….

  16. Lisa 6 years ago

    Thanks for this video, Anna. I like to take daily walks in my neighborhood because I always come across something interesting that I didn’t see the day before, whether a new flower, a leaf, a bug… It’s amazing how the weather or the time of day can change the look of our usual surroundings if we just notice. Besides, the walks are good for body and brain!

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Couldn’t agree more Lisa. My walks with my dog Dexter are a daily ‘must’ for me.

  17. Andrew 6 years ago

    I think your Mindfulness approach for inspiring creativity is a lovely one, Anna. As someone who enjoys drawing outdoors, I sometimes like to use natural objects, such as twigs, to draw with in combination with inks or paint. It can feel strange at first, but the unpredictability is quite exciting and often results in very interesting mark making. These can then be the inspiration, or become starting point for more traditional drawings – but I will now be looking more attentively and appreciating some of the more abstract shapes and textures of the subject.

    Andrew x

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Love your mixed media approach Andrew, may you continue to get yourself inspired!

  18. Diane Toth 6 years ago

    Really loved this inspirational motivating video! You make ideas feeling and thought ideas become real for me! Please continue with these great ideas!

    Diane Toth

  19. Danièle Cifré 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Anna for your talent and the way you share it. I have already suscribed on You Tube and, as I live in France, I bought your beautiful book “Peinture moderne de fleurs” now available in french. Although my english is not good enough to understand every word of your lessons I also did apply for a free one (the nice pear). I reaĺly love your method : it helps me a lot. Thank you again

  20. Hilda 6 years ago

    Thank you Anna. You are an inspiration to me, to paint watercolour flowers. When I see your paintings , makes me want to pick up my brushes.

  21. Debra Sullivan 6 years ago

    Lovely inspiring video. As well as gardens, parks and museums, sometimes I go to places that can stimulate my imagination but not necessarily with subjects to paint. Places like toy stores, candy stores, paper shops, sometimes even this old hardware store that has EVERYTHING besides hardware. If I was more disciplined I’d go at least once a week.

  22. Dale Key 6 years ago

    Anna, the methods you introduce are brilliant. The only thing that can stand in our way is ourselves.
    Very inspired thank you, Dale.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 6 years ago

      Excellent! Wishing you a very inspired 2017 Dale.

  23. Susan Mitchinson 2 years ago

    Thank you Anna,

    I am struggling to go completely independent and your comments and idea have really given me the push l needed to get out and make it happen. Your tutorials are superb and you have helped me develop into a competent amateur in just four months.
    Thank you so much

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