Saturday, August 6, 2011

How are you inspired?

Inspiration can be readily found, safely tucked away in fine museums all around the world. Like this fine terra cotta figure I discovered while wandering the nooks and crannies of the British Museum, or even the small painted wooden figure I admired at the V & A. I thought the security guards were going to escort me out the door because I was spending so much time staring, photographing and sketching the treasures. One guard even came up to the case where I was drooling over one piece, grabbed the corner of it and gave it a firm shake as if testing the strength and then walked away.

I thought to myself "what's up with that?" You mean not everyone takes 342 photos of one terra cotta form? Okay, maybe I was a bit art crazed but when you see something that inspires you take a picture, make a sketch and take it back to the studio and see how it can influence your art.

But if you can't make it to a museum, remember to look at the ordinary. Perhaps it's moss growing on a wall or the way sunlight falls on an object. See the beauty around you. But beware, somebody might call security. Happy Saturday.

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