NPR is doing a really interesting series called Intersections (you can listen online here):
“The public often thinks of artistic inspiration arriving in a sort of thunderbolt moment of creativity. The truth is, almost nothing is created out of thin air.
‘Great works of art set a standard, set the bar,’ says Clint Brown, author of Artist to Artist: Inspiration and Advice from Artists Past and Present. ‘Although they can be humiliating in a certain sense because they’re powerful… they can give you new ideas and help things connect in your own work.’
Morning Edition begins Intersections, a six-month-long series looking at artists and their artistic sources of inspiration.”