It's always interesting where my inspiration comes from...when I stop to think about each painting I've created I can usually remember where the ideas came from each step along the way. Today I was hanging a sweater in my closet when I saw my lime green raincoat and suddenly felt the need to add green to my work-in-progress. Unfortunately Walter (the cat) also decided he'd like to feel a little green, too...the other day he was pink, and last week blue. Last night as I was browsing through my sketchbook, I knew I needed to add pattern to the elk antler on this piece...and so what was eluding me is finally coming together.
Previously, on my hazy Sunday, I chose to add sunshine to my piece, along with the large evergreens in photos taken in the Rocky Mountains last weekend. These thoughts often don't tend to to me come immediately, but rather in fits and starts while standing in front of my easel...it's as though a light bulb clicks. This is when the value of walking, of looking, of reading, and of interesting conversations are realized in my work. Everything I experience becomes a part of what I do.
So, I think I'm on the home stretch with this one...and that excites me. Now I'm off for tea with a friend...ahhhh, life is good.
AIRdirondack Art Project