As artists, we are constantly looking for inspiration. As a child it was found in color and imaginary play, as a teen it was infatuations with other human beings along with music, as a young adult it was all about community, and now, as a grown woman in her forties and with a family of my own, it is found in silence, on walks in nature and even on the internet. Yes, I hate to admit it, but I do love scrolling through my phone. One day, while scrolling, I came across, on FB, someone selling thin slices of what I thought was a pine tree. I was very intrigued. Although I had never bought anything on FB before, or even worse, from a total stranger. I took the plunge. I wanted them. They were calling my name. The interaction was short, sweet, and simple. I had made a new friend in the process!
When I got home, I looked at those pieces of wood in awe. I knew they would soon be painted and part of my next body-of-work. I felt inspired to do portraiture, which was new for me. I usually like to paint silhouettes of people, which allows viewers the space to place themselves or others in the shadow before them. But, this year, it's about branching out beyond what is familiar and comfortable. I have already started with a painting of Oliver, which I shared in previous blogs, however, those tree slices helped me narrow down a possible theme for my next body-of-work. I am toying with the idea of painting people who get their inspirations from nature and have dedicated their lives to protect her. The slices of the trees, my love of nature mixed with the process of painting, sounds like a recipe of a whole lot of fun!
What do you think? What are your inspirations? Take a moment out of your day and reflect on how inspiration has played out in your lifetime. Pay homage to how it has led you to where you are now.
P.S Below is an image of a few slices of heaven......