Wednesday, 29 July 2009
5 Degrees of Inspiration
Welcome to the IAE team "5 Degrees of Inspiration" blog party! Champagne and cakes all round! In honour of the party, this is my list of five things that inspire me - though it was difficult getting it down to five! 1. Words inspire me - sometimes I start a painting from just a title in my head. I love the idea of symbols on a page being able to communicate thoughts and ideas, and I also love the way words look; old copperplate handwriting, illuminated books, children's clumsy hand-writing. I also think those old wooden letterpress printing blocks are beautiful - I've started a mini collection! 2. I am fascinated in general by old things, and collections and keepsakes, which were the inspiration for this mixed media painting. I'm interested in the way people value certain objects, and invest them with memory and meaning. 3. Nature is inspiring - the colours, intricate patterns, even natural decay. Trees feature in my artwork quite a bit too - I love the really old ones that have been around 100s of years - they have a real sense of wisdom and mystery about them!