|How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Inspiration comes from many sources - magazines, many aspects of nature (flowers, trees, grass, etc), other artists. Sometimes an idea just pops into my head - many ideas pop into my head - and I just have to put them down on paper
My inspiration can come from anywhere - a photo, nature, or just an idea that springs forth. I rarely approach the canvas with preconceived ideas. I just let things flow.
Sometimes it's the nature & details of the landscape around me. Sometimes it's a bit of fabric that calls to me to do something to it. Sometimes it's architecture. I find inspiration everywhere I go.
As I am primarily a landscape painter, most of my inspiration comes from nature. However, many times an idea just pops into my head and I think about what sort of theme I can weave through it to build a body of work, enough for an exhibition. I can usually come up with about 10 - 20 pieces for each show using that formula.
No ideas as such, only unexplainable attractions toward certain subjects. Mostly places and people regularly encountered and permeating perceptions in some way that can't be ignored or shoved aside.
My inspiration comes from observing reality in its simplest geometric constructions.
Something catches my eye or pulls at my heart. Often I wake with ideas dancing through my head, I get up make notes and then return to bed and sleep.
Life is inspiration.
My ongoing exploration into engobes & terra sigillatas has helped me discover new ways to generate colorful patterns, textures and finishes on all sorts of clay bodies. Whether shaping simple clay beads or fine tuning a transfer-to-surface process, I enthusiastically explore ALL my clay options, asking myself ‘what if’ every time I’m confronted with clay and its possibilities. But once techniques are mastered it is time to really listen…
First I wanted to build with clay, eat off its river rock surface and drink from the empty spaces it defines. I then wanted to hear the sound of clay as it moves to and fro within itself or as it tries to be its own call in the wild - so I make rattles which memorialize beginnings & whistles which speak without words. Now I want a total “Clay Shibumi” where I am the adaptable turtle or the Bodhi leaf impressed in the clay’s surface; where I know the power of each single hand-formed bead touching my skin. I want to be what the clay is saying as I wear it and fondle it (the way old Greek men stroke their worry beads). So I strive to compose the language of clay beads for all to wear & share and I eagerly impart (to anyone interested) the intriguing ways of clay. Whether knotted together in strands or left as single symbols of contemporary artifacts for carrying in pockets, these tiny matriarchal manifestations personify peace, harmony and partnership in a time when dominance & strife seems the norm. They beg for changes in the present so we all have a future!
CLAY is my voice in this wilderness and I love where it takes me!
I am inspired by nature all of the time and by my children. They are wonderful artist themselves and they can take such a simple idea and make it beautiful. I tend to want to overcomplicate things and then bring me back to realitly. I really enjoy taking a natural shape and mixing it with unexpected colors.
I try to paint light on what I see.
Personal experiences and interactions are one influence on my work. My principles and reactions to those of others are the main influence. Current events and the actions of government are becoming less important because they often inspire negative imagery. I am attempting to build a body of positive and uplifting work.
The way light plays on color is what initially catches my eye. I love odd perspective and art that has character. I am not a realist.
Being a creative person, I get inspires by lot of things. I get inspires from my travels to places. Seeing different cultures inspires me too. I get inspires by talking to people and friends. I get inspires by books, Internet, exhibitions and natures.
Life is my inpiration.
My biggest inspirations are : Nature , ancient celtic art , Magic .
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