I know I’ve been gone for some time now, but I’ve been so busy with work and prepping for my next class! I figured I’d start adding some more posts by starting with some ramblings and art journal prompts!
My family and I took a day-trip to Laughlin, Nevada (since we live in Las Vegas it’s a nice little get-away). While we were there, there was a beautiful flower growing on a rather ordinary-looking bush. I plucked two of the flowers, place one behind my wife’s ear and took the other back to the room where I created a sort of abstract watercolor version of the flower. Inspiration is all around us. Everywhere we go, there is something to inspire your art or your mind.
I am sitting on an airplane right now bound for Washington D.C. (work conference) and last night, my wife and I decided we’d do something we never do: gamble! We’re not big gamblers, but we figured we’d play a round of bingo. Why not, right? So, we got in the car, left the kiddo with my mother and headed to Aliante Station in North Las Vegas. It’s a beautiful casino and the bingo room was pretty quiet. Since I’m not big on bingo, I decided to use the machine to let it tell me when and if I won! While I was standing in line to pay for our bingo cards/machine, I was staring at the walls around me. The walls had square pyramid designs up and down the wall and were covered in faux alligator skin. The texture on these wall panels was so stunning but the dimension of the pyramid made it that much more interesting. When I get back to town, I’m going to look for a cheap purse (maybe at the goodwill) with this design and cut a piece large enough to adhere to my brayer and use it as a stamp to create some leather texture on my next art journal page.
While on the plan, I’m looking around me trying to search for inspiration inside the cabin of this completely booked flight. Most of the windows around me are closed (and besides, nature is every artist’s first inspiration), so what do I see that truly inspires me? The mesh curtain hanging between first class and coach is the one thing on this pan that makes me go: Ooooooh. Maybe I can create texture by spraying some ink through a swatch of that dull gray fabric. Or perhaps I could use some paints to change the color of the mesh and adhere it down using some gel medium or Mod Podge.
Where am I going with this rambling? Inspiration is everywhere! EVERYWHERE! Even in the dullest of conditions, you can look for something that will inspire your next page or to use as a technique. Don’t let the mundane things in life limit your art. It’s an artist’s job to turn the mundane into the extraordinary. After all, anyone can slap a little paint down on a page, but an artist turns it into something that someone else (or maybe just the artist) can appreciate as beautiful or important.