Just to preface - I haven't received my book yet so I'm a little behind.
The #2 Secret to Highly Creative Women is "Honouring Your Inspirations" and we were asked to think on these things.
"What have you always loved? What inspires you? Catches your eye? Makes your heart sing?"
This is a quick visual representation of what makes me happy - things I love everyday - my home: the warmth, the light, the treasures, the art and craftsmanship in it and God's beauty surrounding it.
The creative talent that I am trying to follow and grow is my ability to paint. What inspires my painting? I pull from what surrounds me, usually right here in my home, when I begin a painting.
I delight and draw inspiration in the following:
God's beauty every single day, sunshine, clouds, sunlight, shadows, warmth, firelight, scents, snow, flowers, fall leaves
simplicity, quietness, organization
art, photography, clean design, colors, red things, the written word, book covers, music and CD covers
classic design, shaker furniture, vintage dishes, soft florals, warm woods
travel, new places
my daughter, family, friends, and everyday I am inspired by reading blogs, visiting etsy, and flickr
I could continue to add to this list all day but these were the first things that came to my mind.
I have been surrounded by creative inspiration all of my life, specifically in my own family. My mother is a still life, landscape and portrait painter, a carver, a quilt maker, a doll maker; my dad is a furniture maker, a toy maker, a blacksmith and iron metal craftsman, a baker; both of my brothers share the same talents; my younger brother is a medical illustrator. Of course they are much more than these things but in the artist realm they can do all things and do them well. So it wasn't any surprise that I would go in to an art field of some sort. By profession I am an art director but for pleasure I am a painter, potter, weaver, and jewelry maker. Of course it wasn't a shock when my daughter decided she wanted to go into the arts as well. She is very talented and I feel has a more creative mind than I do. She is just in her 2nd semester of college - her main focus going in was photography but she has found that she is very good at drawing as well. I am inspired by her and look forward to seeing where she will go with her talent.
Today I made space for just me. I stayed at home and really looked around me and through my photographs and pictures I have pulled off the internet - what am I drawn to and why? Then I figured my home must represent a lot of what makes me happy so I created the little collage of home. But of course I am inspired beyond home. I am inspired by all of you ladies out there who are doing wonderful things with painting, photography, the written word, baking, housekeeping, and parenting. You keep me focused and give me a sense of accountability to do my best and keep at it. Thank you.