One of the questions artists frequently get asked is ‘where do you get your ideas?’ Inspiration can come from many, many sources. Things that we see, experiences that we go through, thoughts we remember at odd moments. Everything that has happened to us in our lives influence what we create and put back into the world.
The painting I am sharing today has some pretty straight forward origins. In my Zentangle practice, I will switch back and forth between working on Zentangle tiles and working in my sketchbooks and journals. Some of the drawings are just for the meditative practice, and some call out to me to be turned into something else. This quick drawing in my sketchbook was one of the later.
My mornings in the summer normally start with a quick trip out to the garden to say good morning to the bees and check for any new vegies that are ready to be harvested. The blooms always draw me in, this pumpkin blossom being no exception.
I had a few new boards prepped for new paintings with some background colors blocked in. I had already been influenced by these trips to the garden and had a background in progress with shades of green and orange. With the 2 images above in mind “Abundance”, the final painting, started to emerge.
The mandala of ‘Abundance’ captures the energy and potential of new growth, while the colors fading into the background reflect the peacefulness and serenity I feel sitting in the garden each morning, listening to the bees as they make their rounds.
The internet has been a great help to me when it comes to improving my writing. There are so many great resources available. At a recent session with my writing buddy, she commented about how many tabs I had open across the top of my browser window, and why didn’t I just bookmark them?Those are all things I want to go back and check out, but I don’t know if they are bookmark worthy until I check them out! The links I’m sharing this week are ones that made it into the bookmarks:
I love watching TED talks. I think they are a fantastic way to share ideas, get inspiration, or just learn some really cool stuff. One of the things the folks over there have done is to group up the various lessons into neat little bundles of information. The Writer’s Workshop being one of these bundles. You can sit down and have a full day of information, or just take a little peek when you need a refresher.
DIY MFA is the brainchild of Gabriela Pereira. She put together this program with the aim to allow any writer to continuing on their path, with out the commitment to a fulltime MFA program. She focuses on writing, reading, and building community. (And when I say she, I mean the whole team over there..) Be sure to check it out – there are tons of resources available for you!
This week’s artist is one with a rather unusual back story, with simply amazing results. (Also perfect for sharing this week as my part of the country is completely covered in snow)
Simon Beck creates beautiful images in the snow by just walking the patterns. He began this as exercise as he is no longer able to go running, and the designs just starting flowing from there.
Simon Beck image from MyModernMet
His work reminds me a lot of zentangle, but on a much larger scale!
There was a great entry on him over at My Modern Met or you can check him out over on his facebook page.
This week I have to share an artist with you.
Alex Konahin does these amazing ornately drawn pieces. Here are links to his insect drawings and to his anatomy drawings. Seriously, go check him out!
This year I am taking a monthly themed approach to my favorite posts. January is all about art or artists.
To start things off, here is a great site/workshop I found when poking around on other zentangler’s blogs.
Journal 52 is an online art journal workshop being offered by Chelle Stein. In the Journal 52 blog she provides a new prompt every week, as well as examples of her own page that week. Not just her finished page, but her thought process, the techniques she is using, ideas for materials. All around great stuff!
I am joining and plan to use this as a weekly project for me and my daughter, either with a joint journal or with each of us doing our own. I’ll be sure to share with you along the way.