Creative Inspiration

Creative Inspiration: The Moth

On our morning walk yesterday, I came upon a moth sitting in the middle of the sidewalk. A very large and surprisingly quite beautiful moth. As I approached closer it did not move so I thought I would be a wonderful photo opportunity.

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I got a little bold as the moth was just sitting there, and gently prodded it to open its wings and it complied. Usually I dislike moths and would not have anything to do with a moth, but I was intrigued with this one.

I thought I would post a couple of my photos as part of my ongoing series of posts on sources of Creative Inspiration. I think these color palette in the moth is sublime as well is the speckled sidewalk background – it would make a wonderful future art quilt!

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Much thanks to the moth who participated in the photo shoot!

 

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Creative Inspiration: Shapes in Nature

This post is a continuation on my series of sources of creative inspiration…

Just a quick post on this chilly Sunday:

Right before Thanksgiving we had “Snowmageddon 2015” in Central Oregon.  The entire area was blanketed with 12 to 24 inches of snow (depending where you live); gusty winds; and low temperatures (single digits, Fahrenheit).

With the snow came beauty and inspiration from natural shapes. I was creatively inspired by how nature handles the melting of snow in the form and shapes of icicles.

I recently took this photo below of a house in my area with large icicles hanging from its roof; and I am feeling a future art quilt inspiration based on this photo.

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Creative Inspiration: Nature

In the post “Creative Inspiration: Family” I introduced a series of posts exploring my resources for creative inspiration. This post discusses another important source of creative inspiration for me: Nature.

There is so much beauty around us. Whether you live in beautiful Central Oregon like I do or whether you live in a busy urban environment. You just have to stop for a moment and look around. A solitary tree on a city block can be a wonderful source of nature based inspiration for your creativity as well as a panoramic vista in a national park.

Jean Wells in her inspirational books Intuitive Color & Design: Adventures in Art Quilting (C&T Publishing, 2009)  and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting: More Intuitive Color & Design (C&T Publishing, 2012), explores in depth how nature and the environment around you can be a significant resource for creative inspiration. I will talk more about Jean Wells and her influence on my creative inspiration in a future blog post on “Creative Inspiration: Mentors”. Check out Jean Well’s publications for inspirational ideas on your fiber art or just walk around and really see the beauty and inspiration around you!

To demonstrate Nature’s Inspiration, below are photos from a wonderful trip with my friend Michele to Red Rock Canyon State Park a couple years ago. I used the colors in the photos from this trip to inspire a batik art quilt I made.

 “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

~Lao Tzu