NEVER IMMUNE TO INSPIRATION
It’s a never-ending process. Inspiration is everywhere, but what IS inspiration? Let’s start there.
Inspiration … the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Inspiration gets its juice from the Latin word, “inspiratus,” which means “breathe into.” When we are inspired, we feel like we’ve been infused with new life, new energy. We are motivated. That’s how I feel.
I am inspired by many different things, abstract and concrete. I am inspired by beauty as I perceive it. Sometimes that includes a state of perfection in something; other times it’s all about seeing beauty in broken things. I’m inspired by nature – by all its colors, shapes, textures, light and shadows – and the miracles of art in nature. I’m inspired by flowers, trees, pathways and all the living things of the forest, gardens, streams, rivers and oceans. A walk outdoors is always good for my mind, body and soul and nearly always sends me home with a new outlook or ideas.
I’m inspired by art of all kinds, but mostly paintings and photographs. At least for me, these art forms resonate. They express both literal and abstract emotional concepts that inspire me to dig deeper, to explore more and to experiment with techniques and approaches I may not have tried without having exposure. I’m inspired by details, by the big pictures, by long exposures and motion. I’m inspired by other artists, their work and their stories. And, apparently, I’m inspired consistently by painters in surprisingly different ways.