Finding Inspiration

Detail of an abstract painting showing texture
Detail of a work in progress. Enlarged to show texture. 

 

It's a big world out there. So much going on. And now, the whole world is at our fingertips. Thank you, internet. 

Finding that thing that inspires us is the eternal question for artists of all types. Some of us are drawn to nature, some to ideas, some to the way things work. Discovering that next thing that keeps us going is something we all have our eyes open for. All the time. 

There has been a project circling on social media (primarily Instagram) the last couple weeks. It is the 100 Day Project, and is just what you'd think it is... you pick a thing, and persue it for 100 days. I actually didn't know anything about it until the day it started, so I had to think about it for a bit before I jumped in. I'm busy. I'm always busy. There is the whole day job thing that eats up way too much of my time (but alas, it is a necessity to have money coming in, so I endure). I've also got my 100 Square Project going, and if I stop that until July it's unlikely I'll ever get it finished. Do I really have the time to add one more thing to my list?

Still, there is something compelling to adding some new little something to my life. I have a low boredom threshold. If the new, shiny thing promises to give me something to think about for a while, I will usually jump onboard. Whether or not I can stick it through to the end remains to be seen. I'm not that good at finishing things. You can see evidence of that right here... I STILL do not have my originals up for sale on this website, even though I've been online with prints for almost 4 months. The thought of having to deal with editing a ton of photos and trying to write proper descriptions drives my right back down to my studio, where I can lose myself in the actual creating part. The part I like. 

I've chosen a sub-catagory for my project that will hopefully give me some new ideas for my other, ongoing project. I'm looking for 100 days of Inspiration. I find SO many things that I can look at and think "I can use that". Some might be things you'd expect... things like famous art, or sunsets, or current events. But then there are the odd-ball things... the way a flower petal glows when the light comes from behind, or the texture of some crumbling concrete. I probably won't be able to post every day, but I'm going to try. If you'd like to follow along on my 100 Day journey, you can follow me on Instagram.