|'Close to home' - impasto on canvas 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches)|
About a month ago, I painted Passing Time and I mentioned that I was going to get some little box frames for these tiniest of landscape paintings. Well, they arrived and I love how cute the little canvasses look in them.
Someone else obviously liked them in the little box frames too as I'm delighted to report this painting, Passing Time and one other that I haven't blogged about yet all sold via my Artfinder shop last week!
|The little box frame is 12.5 x 12.5 cm (5 x 5 inches)|
I was painting this miniature landscape inspired by a photo that S had taken outside the back of our cottage looking across the farm fields to the hills towards the west and thinking how lucky we are to live somewhere so beautiful where inspiration for the next painting is never too far away, practically on our doorstep, as it happens.
This was the beautiful photo S took:
As I was thinking this, the phrase 'home is where the art is' popped into my head. I mulled it over in my mind, as I tend to do, and I thought about how much my environment inspires my art.
In the case of this painting, I literally had to only look out the window to be inspired to paint. Which made me wonder, what inspires you to paint what you paint? Do you seek inspiration out or does it find you? Personally, I think it finds us - everywhere you look you'll see something that compels you to put brush (or palette knife) to canvas.
Whether it's animals or dramatic skies for me, the twinkling reflections and clever, atmospheric compositions of glass and light of my friend Sandra or the everyday objects given a bright, funky lease of life by Tracey it seems that we don't have to look too far to be inspired. It mightn't even be a physical object or view, it might be a feeling that compels you to create or intuition in the case of the beautiful, colourful paintings that Denise creates. In any case 'home is where the art is' is true of us all.
I guess, without wanting to get all pretentious and arty farty, at the end of the day, we all just paint what makes us happy. Sunrises, sunsets, northern lights and all sorts of animals make me happy and as long as they all continue to exist then inspiration will never be too far away!
In other new, I was doing my Reiki Master Practitioner training last weekend (which was amazing) and when I got home on the Saturday night the very lovely S surprised me with news of a trip to Iceland for our anniversary in November - telling me now so I have longer to be excited about it! He had put together a very clever DVD (which blogger won't let me share with you) telling me all about it and including all the sights we'll see and things we can do which includes whale watching - I can't wait!
As always, I be popping in to Paint Party Friday so I can catch up with every one else's creative weeks.