Where Does Inspiration Come From?

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Where Does Inspiration Come From?

I’ve been slowly chipping away at the landscape, in between playing with the cats, working, teaching dance, and other assorted Summer fun.  My complex has a great pool, where I am hanging out now, writing this blog post.  Sometimes I get inspired by random things, like the positive and negative spaces created by the lawn chairs:


Or the ripples in the water:


And I think to myself- self, how can I use that in an art quilt?  Does that ever happen to you?  I love digital photography and the fact that my phone can record any random inspiration like this.  Who knew this would be possible even 15 years ago?

If you are ever at a loss for inspiration, take yourself out on a photo walk with your phone and shoot what ever catches your eye. You’ll be amazed at what you can find.  In fact, my Energy Series, and my Botanical Series pieces all came about as random pictures of things that caught my eye.  Pay attention to those things that catch your eye.  They are interesting to you for a reason!

You can crop, rearrange, repeat, parts of your image.  You can pixelate it or distort it using this cool photo editing software Lunapic.  I know what I am suggesting is not new, but when you use these new tools, and add your personal point of view to it, you can come up with some amazing art!  Try it- you’ll see…



Speaking of inspiration and pictures, back to the landscape painting.  Last week I showed you this picture of one of the columns:



Just look at what a little diluted black paint can do to add shadows.  And it’s still not dark enough:


I rubbed it on with a fairly dry brush, back and forth in the lighter areas, and used heavier paint in the dark areas.  Unfortunately, that’s all I have to show for now  🙄

And now it’s time for a kitten update!


Yes, the cone is off and the stitches are off!  And she’s bouncing around like a ping pong ball.


Here she is getting mixed up with my painting gear. Almost every picture of her is blurry because she moves so dang fast!


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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

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2 thoughts on “Where Does Inspiration Come From?

  1. Great positive and negative spaces in the lawn chairs. I’m liking the curves created by the bases of them, too.

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