Inspiration can be an elusive thing to quantify, especially as it doesn’t always come to us in the same way. Sometimes I have a clear sense of content before I begin a painting or drawing, or maybe a general outline with perhaps a few details, particularly where commissions or illustrations are concerned. But many times I don’t know what I’m going to paint until the brush hits the paper/board/canvas.
I think inspiration can come in many forms. Sometimes like a bolt of lightning written clearly across the sky, bright and solid. Other times it comes like a whisper, barely discernible, needing to be caught before it’s swept away in a breeze.
Then there are the small seeds that are planted in our soul, caught unbeknownst to us as we walk through the moments of our days. Places, people, smells, colours, snippets of overheard conversations, the feel of rain on our skin. A remembering of the myths that fed the landscape of our childhood imaginations as we walk the paths of our youth.
I suppose it’s the combination of the many elements that make up who we are – personality, upbringing, culture, beliefs, experience – that determine the soil that will nourish the seeds. That’s why the creation of art is unique to the artist, as is our own particular response to the creative works of others.
Even though it’s wonderful when ideas are ready and waiting to be given form, there is a particular pleasure in starting a painting or drawing with no plan of what the end result is. Then I’m allowing my creativity to excavate those hidden inspirations that have taken root without me even being aware.
For that’s when unexpected creatures appear…
Our moments of inspiration are not lost, though we have no particular poem to show for them.
Henry David Thoreau
About the Artwork…
You may recognise ‘Feather for our Wings’ as a replication of a drawing of mine which featured in a previous post (The Frail Beauty of Feathers). It is often in sketches and doodles that little snatches of inspiration are worked out in detail, later to be fully realised in paint. I have found keeping a sketchbook (well, several sketchbooks) a wonderful means of playing around with ideas without any concern about ruining a work in progress.
So lately I have been a lot more disciplined about daily spending time ‘catching’ those little idea-seeds and planting them in my sketchbook. Then on the days when creative thoughts are scarce, a well-used sketchbook can prove to be a treasure trove of inspiration.
Also available is the first of the new range of greeting cards featuring my most recent creatures, which has been added to the shop, with more to follow.
There is a flat rate on shipping so however many cards/prints you purchase you’ll only be paying postage & packaging for one item 🙂