Inspiration, From Whence It Cometh?

If I had a dime for every time folks ask, “Where do you get your inspiration?” or “How do you think of these things?” I’d be rich!

Seriously though, where does that oft elusive quality, INSPIRATION, live?

For me, inspiration is everywhere! It’s in the patterns of nature, the words of a treasured author, the aspirations of a friend… It’s hidden in that painting I stare into so often. It grabs me on my daily walks: in a bit of over-heard gossip and the colorful trash that grabs my eye. Glossy magazine pages and songs are equally inspiring. I could go on and on….

Many artists have an inspiration board, or book. It’s a place where they tuck swatches, clippings, and other inspirational bits. I have a board because if the bits are tucked in the pages of a book, I forget about them; out of sight, out of mind.

In my studio, I also have what I refer to as a Living Collage. It is an assemblage of vintage mini-crates which holds little art, small treasures, found objects and bits that make me smile.


The contents of these mini-crates is ever-changing and evolving. Bits are removed for inclusion in projects. Other bits are added as they are found. The constant is the way I interact with the collage. Its simple visual display inspires.

Inspiration is not one of those things I can put my finger on. It’s a good deal like faith in that regard. It never abandons me, but sometimes I neglect it, or take it for granted.

What inspires you? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

4 thoughts on “Inspiration, From Whence It Cometh?

    • Thanks, Jill. The inspiration board is a great tool to keep ideas handy. I also use clear plasic project boxes to keep supplies and notes for an intended project. When I’m stuck, I pull out a box and “play” with its contents. 🙂

  1. I really like this idea too, and that you include and remove to change it around as objects come and go. Saw somethng similar with drawers mounted flat on a whole wall. It was so visually stimulating. xox

    • Glad you enjoyed the Living Collage, Corrine. Initially, I’d intended it as a place to display small keepsakes. It evolved into this ever-changing collage when I would “need” an object for an assemblage. The empty space would nag at me until I found something with which to replace it. 🙂 If you find a link to the drawers idea, I’d love to see it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s