Tag: inspiration

Using Found Objects: An Example

Maybe you remember back in January I shared a few pictures of recent found objects on my idea wall. So far, two of those scraps have made it into my artwork. This is the story of the cedar sprig.

idea board

I found the cedar spring on a morning walk. It was early January, so there were still Christmas tree remnants in the streets along with tinsel and the random overlooked  holiday decoration. Most of this I managed to overlook for the sake of a speedier walk, but the cedar sprig had such a nice shape, pre-flattend as it was by a few passing car tires. I picked it up and carried it home. Having learned the hard way (natural items like leaves and twigs lose color/contrast and become very brittle and hard to scan as they age), I scanned it into the computer BEFORE I hung it on the cork board. Continue reading “Using Found Objects: An Example”


Mood board in progress

Mood Board
I did some more printing this weekend. Recently, I’ve been  inspired by  these nuclear bomb testing images I came across at The Atlantic. The image title In the Upstairs Bedroom of House Number Two grabbed me. It’s mysterious and specific at the same time. Somehow very poetic. I’m adding it to my list of inspirations for the show coming up in September at SEED Gallery. Continue reading “Mood board in progress”


ann's garden
ann's garden
ann's garden
ann's garden

At the risk of posting too many “pretty flower pictures”, I wanted to share some inspiration I found in Ann’s garden this past weekend. First, I noticed the blast of green/yellow/blue by her front steps and couldn’t turn away from the riot of color and texture without getting a few snapshots. When Ann noticed me taking photos, she pointed out some stunning wild flowers with amazing textures and shapes. The next thing I knew, I had a reel of color and textural inspiration images I can’t wait to play with.

Yesterday, when I found a little time to load everything to flickr, I was happy to see the pictures carried enough of the inspiration I felt in person to really get my creative mind rolling. I’m thinking these textures and shapes will serve as a great starting point for a collaborative project I am working on with fellow SEED member Dave Urena. I’ll fill in more details later, but the wild, dreamlike colors and almost prehistoric shapes I found in Ann’s garden are going to be a great start to what I hope is a interesting collaborative effort.

Inspiration is for amateurs

Make The Future Serigraph
"Make The Future" Serigraph by Woodie Anderson

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” – Chuck Close via Drawn

Found this quote while poking around  on the interwebs today. I find it to be very VERY true in my personal experience. The process of making art, the process of living life even, is full of little moments where you must choose to simply push forward.

Just do something. Do the best you can and move on.

I use the line “Don’t look back or you will petrify” in my work often, it’s a chant of mine. Maybe if I say it enough times, it will stick.  Sometimes I catch myself thinking about past projects and feeling cringe-inducing embarassment about all the old, imperfect, raw stuff I’ve made/said/did that’s still floating out there in the world, wishing I could attach a disclaimer that explains how I wanted something to turn out and why it didn’t. It’s a hard loop to break, isn’t it?

Sharing your creative self with the world makes you vulnerable if you’re doing it right. At least, I’ve not found a way to be honest in my art-making without exposing myself a little. And it’s that feeling of wanting to put “only the best” of myself out to be poked and judged there that stalls me sometimes. Close is right, I think, when he says “the best ideas come out of process.” It’s once I let go of my fear of failure and start creating for the sake of exploring and learning that true joy and true ART happens.