Lately, I've been trying to find original inspiration. It's so easy to get inspired by everything you see online but I really feel that, in order to take my work to the next level, I need to dig deep and find organic inspiration. I want my work to be as original as possible and that's not going to happen if I find my inspiration by cruising Pinterest. It's surprising how difficult it is to find a space to be originally inspirated as technology is very hard to avoid.
I think that, historically, artists have found inspiraiton from nature so I decided to start there in my quest for organic inspiration. But I found myself overwhelmed and realized I needed to break it down further. For the past few weeks, I've focused on birds. I watched our bird feeder, borrowed library books on birds, and took time each day to sketch birds. It seems to be working
As a result of my bird study, I've been able to produce sketches that have resulted in some original stamps and an embroidery pattern (which will be made available to you soon!). I think I may focus on trees next.
I'd love to hear where you find your inspiration.