In the book House of Happiness,Dr.Thind talks about two kinds of artists. One type has to have a person or landscape in front of them. Many of these artists are great and it takes a lot of skill to be able to put the picture on to canvas. And then he talks about artists who would meditate for weeks or months even, to be able to get a clear vision in their mind of what they are painting. And then they go to work.
We are all artists painting on the canvas of life. We can either look in the outside world and be inspired by a picture we want to paint and live our lives accordingly, adding or taking away what we may choose. And if we do this it may still take a certain clearing of the mind to paint the picture and live the way we would like. Or we can meditate and clear our mind until we can see the clear vision from the Universe in our minds of what it is we are to paint, and then live accordingly. In either case our job is to get busy and paint or sketch a masterpiece with our lives.