FINDING INSPIRATION IN UNLIKELY PLACES
" The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web."
I was unable to work on the unfinished painting that I have been writing about in the last couple of posts. Hopefully, I can get back to it and have something to show you next week. I am excited to get back to it and about the possibilities that await. Stay tuned for Revisiting An Unfinished Painting Part 3.
In the meantime…
Finding Inspiration In Unlikely Places
As artists, it is very important for us to have our "Inspiration Radar" turned on at all times. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and at any time. You just never know... Inspiration usually comes when you least expect it. Which can be fun.
I was in Salinas, CA this past week painting and preparing my folks condo to sell or rent. We have not decided what we are going to do with it yet. Anyway, I was not feeling very creative or "Artsy" at the time. I had to go to the hardware store for supplies and I decided to make a Goodwill run as well. I went to the hardware store and then while I was on my way to Goodwill, (which was just down the street and behind the hardware store), I looked to my right and spotted this mural of Van Gogh that you see in the above photo. It was quite large and surprisingly well done. I never expected to see a mural of a Van Gogh self-portrait on the side of a hardware store in Salinas, CA. I couldn't resist. I had to have my picture taken in front of it.
Seeing and discovering this mural made me smile, lifted my mood and allowed me to return to a more creative mindset. I love Van Gogh's paintings, even though, they do not particularly inspire my own work. I am, however, inspired by his vision, his color, and his tenacity as an artist.
Part of the fun, for me, was discovering this inspirational treasure in the most unlikely place. And the timing could not have been better.
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