Where do you find inspiration?
Where do you find your inspiration?
I am visual learner/experiencer—what I see usually has the biggest impact on me, as opposed to what I hear. More specifically, seeing art—paintings, drawings, photos—are what engages me most deeply and what I recall most readily.
Just the other week we went to the Joseph E. Yoakum exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. I was mesmerized by his landscapes. The movement is palpable to me. His use of color is so different than mine—it’s arresting. Yoakum’s drawings and paintings remind me of the Zentangle patterns I so love. His work makes me want to incorporate more tangles/patterns into the drawing that I do. I’ve done a bit of that in my graphic recording but not much… I sense an opportunity to experiment. (If you’re curious about this delightful, meditative art form, join me for a free session. You can learn more here.)
While at the museum, I found a book on Yayoi Kusama‘s work. I love the intensity of the color she works with and the patterns she creates. I bought the book (I’d been looking at books about her work for quite a while and this moment felt right) and I am drawn in by the artwork and poetry. I want to learn more about her life.
What has inspired you lately?
To be honest, right now I’m just sitting with wonder and delight. Perhaps that’s because I’m in the midst of playing with watercolors and Posca acrylic markers, inspired by Catherine Taylor‘s work. I am making my way through her online course. I am continually amazed by how easily I slip into flow… time has no meaning when I am painting.
Then yesterday, I received a visual created by Drawify’s founder, Axelle Vanquaillie, that combined some of my drawings in a way I had never imagined. I was gobsmacked! I had never thought of composing those drawings in that way to convey the essence of a session I will be co-hosting at the end of the month! I was inspired by Axelle’s collage of my own drawings—for me, the key is her vision of what is possible with the different elements. (If you don’t know of Drawify, check it out! While you can start with a free account, I’m happy to share a gift —a coupon code, Drawify2MonthHeroJill, for two months of free access to Drawify’s Hero level.)
Where is inspiration leading you?
Just yesterday, I signed up for more training as a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Nine years after my first training with the creators, Maria and Rick, and more than a thousand students later, I remain inspired by the possibilities of this meditative art form… I know that the four-day experience in the fall will be immersive and intense. I am looking forward to it with juicy anticipation.
What challenges you and brings you joy or peace or calm or…
What is on your calendar that excites you?
In these very difficult times, how are you making sure to feed your soul so that you can rise to the occasions we are facing? In part, I replenish myself through making art.
I’m wondering what inspires you, what feeds you, or if you are seeking Inspiration and maybe some support. I am curious to know how you are doing, I hope you will be in touch.
HI Jill, I’m inspired today by the author Dr. Lisa Genova, who wrote Still Alice. Early this morning I attended an awareness/fundraising event for Alzhiemer Society here in BC, Canada where she was the keynote on Zoom. My take-away inspiration was that storytelling IS the path to empathy. Visually I’ve also been inspired by feathers lately. Not sure why but I keep drawn to creating feathers in my art, the lightness of them as the world gets heavy with news from the Ukraine+. I’ll share my feather of empathy note-taking I did with you later; for now, I wanted to comment how much I appreciate it when others ask where do I receive inspiration from… people like you. :)
Earla, how wonderful to hear from you! I wholeheartedly agree that storytelling is a rich experience for storytellers and “storycatchers.” I would also love to learn about your feather of empathy note-taking. I appreciate your engagement with both the topic and me… furthering the conversation about inspiration.