What is your favourite thing to create?
I enjoy creating new and interesting art work that expresses my love of the world and the people in it. It’s very important to me that my art has its own voice. People see different things and I enjoy the way it inspires their own imagination in what they see.
Can you share (either visually, musically, or in words) your most prized creation with us?
What inspired you to create this particular piece?
I’d been doodling on paper for a while and decided it would be fun to try something bigger so I bought my first canvas. I had no expectation other than to create something from my heart. I was upset at the time by how nonchalant I felt the world was becoming and art felt like an honest way for me to express myself and reconnect during the turbulence of the past few years. I was also working across more than one job and this gave me a space in which to let go. I call this piece ‘Blue print’ and it continues to inspire me in my work. It has also spent some time hung on the walls of 80 Hertz studios in Manchester. One of the UK’s leading sound studios.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in day to day life, and the people around me. I’m a great believer in following your heart to discover more. Once you’ve started creating, your work will continue to inspire itself. I enjoy getting lost in what I’m doing and often listen to music when I paint.
Yoga is also a tremendous source of inspiration for me, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, as are people. I believe we all have something incredible to offer the world and it is so important, now especially, that we continue to believe in our individuality and creative skills. Seeing others fighting forwards with similar values is a huge inspiration to me. I enjoy spending time with likeminded people and creative environments.
It made me happy to see Soul Circus in Cheltenham during the summer and people coming together in a fun, creative environment to relax, and enjoy yoga. The arts are very close to my heart and it gave me hope to see the comedy evenings with live audiences gathering together again. Such great energy and so important that creativity and the arts continue to be promoted.
One of my favourite creative spaces is a beautiful film and music studio in Manchester where I have been lucky enough to spend many a day surrounded by creative individuals. It always feels like a tremendous privilege to be there and watch people as they work and soak up the creative energy.
When your inspo levels are low and things look pretty bleak, how do you get yourself back into your creative space?
I allow myself to experience where I’m at. I don’t disacknowledge my feelings and I recognise that on more than one occasion I have felt doubt before making a positive change.
I think of myself as needing to top up my energy, like a battery. Through yoga and meditation and often dance I find I am able to bring myself back into a better space again. I make sure my diet is well balanced with fruit and veg and I cut down on the sugar and caffeine. I’m not much of a runner but I have found that if I dance, it makes all the difference!
I think it’s important not to worry too much about what other people think, and to be you. I also listen to a lot of music especially music that I find uplifting.
I think on the good things in my life and the incredible moments and experiences I have had with friends, family and those that inspire me, and then I hold on to that feeling and use it to push myself forwards again.
I think it’s also important to remember your first work doesn’t have to be your best work. Just start and see what happens. Alongside art I also work in the sports industry which I find incredibly motivating and enjoy the determination and work ethics of professional sportsmen.
Any words of wisdom or advice for those who find themselves lacking inspiration at this moment in time?
There has never been a better time to believe in yourself than now. Don’t ever give up on something that matters to you. Your individuality as a person is the greatest gift you have. Never let anyone dampen your dreams or aspirations.
Look for inspiration in everything. Ask questions you haven’t asked before. Be curious and trust your instincts and enjoy the journey it takes you on.
Trust, have patience, be kind and loving to yourself and those around you, dance, appreciate everything that makes you you, and never give up! Don’t be hard on yourself. If the inspiration isn’t coming, don’t worry, do something else. Take a bath, read a book, do some yoga, meditate, listen to your favourite tunes, move your furniture around and change the space you live in, learn to do a headstand or create the most incredible spreadsheet the world has ever seen!
There is no one set way to achieve anything. DO IT IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE TO YOU.
Where can we find you and your work?
My work can be found on Instagram at Sarah.delislewells