Inspiration can come from anywhere. Usually the least likely objects, places, events, people, sounds, smells, etc. make me feel the most creative, energetic, and passionate. From gorgeously decorative cupcakes to amusement parks rides, here are some images that I’m hoping will stimulate your creativity today. Enjoy!
(images starting at top: lovely ride from Altweibersommer, aqua bowl from Target photographed by Twelve22, low rod from ShawnWall,“Jimbo” by Queen Things, terrific living room color and neat idea for a mantel (a shelf!) by Crafty Beaver, faded web by Melissa, santos hands by Red Shoes LLC, meet boOo… spo0ky!, the girl who paints amazing wall murals, cool ceiling in a nursery from Better Homes + Gardens, and cupcakes from an Amy Sedaris recipe by Crafty Beaver.
If it’s more inspiration you seek, you simply must browse the galleries of the wonderful German photographer, Jann Peters.
I was happy when Kate sent over these images the other day, and even happier when I learned that the hand-painted canvases shown will soon be sold on the Graham & Brown website for $90. They are divided into four main groups; Silhouettes, Aviary, Damask and Parasols. In addition to Graham & Brown, Velocity will soon carry them stateside as well. Exciting!
Adolie Day, a well established French freelance illustrator and painter, wrote to me today to share her work. Mostly images of children, she does a lot of work in textiles for children’s fashion for lines like Kenzo, for instance. I love the color palette she uses and the softness in the eyes of the children she paints. Her work has a lot of warmth to it, it’s very peaceful, and I like that. Her blog is a lot of fun to browse, she has a few shots of her atelier there (a very simple section carved out by a window in her kitchen with a water view) and more art for you to see. Enjoy.
(images from adolie day)
There is so much beauty in winter. As I look out of my window at delicate glass trees, iced branches sparkling in the sunlight, I sense that only I am bothered by a cold day. The trees seem to be basking in the sun, tiny droplets flowing down ridged bark, birds bouncing from branch to branch, seemingly happy. The pond in my backyard sits frozen, but the large blue heron perched on a nearby stump doesn’t seem to mind as he cleans his feathers (and after watching him skate across the pond unable to make a proper landing, you’d think he’d be blushing). Nature is happy, things are still ‘business as usual’ outdoors, yet so many of us are wishing for Spring, complaining, booking early vacations to the islands.
Seeing the Hanami print from Sharon Elphick today gave me a gentle nudge, “Spring is coming, hang in there”. A glimmer of hope that come March, feelings of being trapped and frozen to the bone will dissipate in the warm sunshine. All will be introduced to budding trees, longer days, and pudgy bumblebees collection pollen. Until then… We wait and try not to notice, just as the heron. Just as the trees. Just as nature.