Finding Inspiration

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Zion Canyon

Getting out of the studio and seeing different scenery is a great way to find inspiration for new ideas for your next upcoming project.

Recently, I traveled to the southwestern U.S. to an area of the country I had never seen before. I visited Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah and the Hoover Dam, which is on the border of Nevada and Arizona.

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Lake Mead at Hoover Dam

Each location offered breathtaking views. The beautiful, rich, teal colors of the water of Lake Mead flowing through the rock canyon is a sight to see at Hoover Dam. The colors of the cliffs, the height and the very different types of rock formations that both Zion and Bryce have to offer are spectacular. It is so fascinating to see the different types of plants — tumble week, scruffy bushes and shrubs, evergreens, palm trees, and of course a variety of flowers.

There just isn’t anything like that on the east coast. The landscape is so different in that area of the country. Here on the east coast, we have the lush green mountains and the rolling hills. I think each state across the country has something interesting to offer in its landscape.

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Bryce Canyon

I hope you all have the opportunity to take some time out of your studio to get a different view — take the camera, get away for a little while, if only for the afternoon. You don’t have to travel across country to get motivated to paint something new. Visit your local parks or even your own back yard, and I am sure you will feel inspired and excited to once again get back to your studio to paint up a new superb masterpiece.

Sometimes just looking at the scenery around you from a new perspective — perhaps from ground level, an “ants perspective,” or an aerial view like a “birds perspective” — can be enough to entice your imagination for your next painting.

Happy Painting!

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Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

unnamedArtists find inspiration all around them. From their environment, their surroundings, their favorite pets; from nature or found objects. Ideas for that next painting or project can also come from conversations with friends and family, or the colors in our surroundings, the music we are listening to on an iPhone or those controversial subjects that energize and motivate.  What types of things are inspiring your next masterpiece?

Whenever I go to my grocery store, the first thing I notice every time I walk through the doors is the beautiful array of fresh cut flowers. The flowers are always so breathtaking and eye catching.  Last week, there seemed to be a larger display than usual of different types of roses – all different colors and sizes.  After seeing all of the flowers, I couldn’t help but concentrate on painting a three dimensional paper sculpture of roses in miniature! (I’ll post the picture as soon as it is finished.)

This is how I came up with my idea for my next paper sculpture. Where do you find your inspiration for your art projects?

Pinwheels

Last week I posted a list of my top 10 favorite things to draw, and I mentioned on point 10 that I would get back to you with a story. Well here it is.

Now, the funniest part about this whole list of “Things I like to Draw and Paint”, is that I happen to like pinwheels. So over the last several years, every now and then, I’ll buy myself a pinwheel from the Dollar Store.  My daughter always teases me about my “pinwheel collection”, as she calls it.

But, I keep telling her that I am not collecting them, I am buying them for reference material. I buy them because I have an idea in mind that I want to use them for a painting, but I just haven’t gotten time to paint it yet.  Well, I don’t have any evidence of ever painting a pinwheel from the last post because I really hadn’t gotten around to painting any.

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Never Enough Reference Material

As I may have mentioned before, I use a lot of reference material for my work.  I also happen to enjoy collecting reference material, because, well, you just never know when you might need it.   That is my explanation for this large stack of recently purchase books…

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All my new books, spread across the table.

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