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.

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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!