What inspires you? And I don't mean in the "what inspires your life" or in a philosophical way. I mean, gut reaction makes-your-heart-skip-a-beat kind of way. Maybe it's something you haven't given much thought to. But if you were to think about it, I'm sure you'd be surprised at all of the unexpected places you may find inspiration.
Maybe you find inspiration in textures. Are you a “toucher” when you shop - you know, one of those people that just HAS to touch everything you walk by? No? Is that just me?! Or maybe you could spend hours looking at the buildings in your city, soaking up the amazing architecture around you.
I find inspiration in some of the common things that most people do, like in nature, or music or fashion. But I also find inspiration in unexpected places, like the Netflix show Chef's Table, or on the side of the road. It's not uncommon for my husband to say "no, we can't stop the car so you can pick up that shiny thing on the side of the road!" as we're driving. I don't even have to say anything, he just knows that when I get quiet and look longingly out the window, I'm usually daydreaming about all the amazing potential bits that could be lying out there.
These days, I've found inspiration more in thoughts and ideas but also in new materials and techniques. I've been playing around with a gelli plate, which has led to a new found love of monoprinting. I recently tried pastels and fell in love with the chalky finish - the sound of the pastels across the paper is almost as lovely as the pastels themself! I've also discovered image transfer and have created several pieces adding photographs onto objects, like wood blocks and packing tape.
I also recently started a new art series that celebrates all things inspiration and have started taking the physical things that inspire me and incorporating them into collages. What an amazing time we live in that we can have literal digital libraries full of visual inspiration right at our fingertips (I’m lookin’ at you Pinterest!) One of my favorite parts of this series so far, is seeing how all these seemingly unrelated objects, textures and colors actually come together to make something really beautiful.
But the thing that's been inspiring me the most lately might surprise you - it's simply curiosity. I find myself curious about ideas and beliefs, curious about how one object can relate to another, and curious about what art even is...and where it can take us.
If you haven't given much thought to what's been inspiring you lately, I challenge you to start paying attention to those little (or big) things that make your heart flutter. Maybe it's an unusual color combination, or a reflection in a window, or piece of art.
I wholeheartedly believe that when we take time to seek out the things that inspire us, it nourishes us in amazing ways. Life is busy for all of us and let's be honest, adulting is hard. Sometimes it can feel like we are living our own version of Groundhogs Day. When we add even a little bit of inspiration into our lives, it makes us happier people. We see beauty in things we didn't notice before, we feel a bit more centered and sometimes, it feeds our soul in a totally unique way.
So pause a little more often and stop to smell the roses. Seek out inspiration. Find and savor those little things that make your heart skip a beat...