Does it have a lot to do with spring? Maybe. Does it have to do with pushing one idea so far that I've become over-exposed to it? Could be. Spring is such a time of renewal and rebirth. We see it all around us and then we feel it and the energy driving it all pushes me to find new inspiration and to entertain new ideas. I thought I would share some of my current inspirations that are feeding into my thoughts and ideas.
I had been looking through the work of some surface and pattern designers from the '50s and happen to come across Rex Ray, who is a current day artist, and was so drawn in by his paper collages that I just had to purchase this book.
Then, along the same lines, I came across the art of Angie Lewin who makes amazing block prints. Yes, I bought this book too :) I love how shapes and lines play against each other and, of course, the nature theme always draws me in. Very inspiring art and it wants to make me doodle!!!
I have loved Sherrill Kahn's work from the first time I ever saw it and I own 3 of her books and this one is the newest. It arrived Friday and it took everything I had not to sit and read through it to soak up all her inspiration. I have never taken a workshop with her, but she does have a DVD out through Creative Catalyst which I'm thinking I might just order. Sherrill uses all of the Jacquard paints in her work on fabric and paper and I think she is an amazing artist.
My last piece of inspiration to share is through an article in the newest issue of Somerset Memories magazine. I love the style and look of Dorota Piechowiak's journal pages (p. 16 and 17) in the magazine. All of the texture and layering of pieces and the color scheme limited to black, white and a few other shades like the green popping through it all in her photographs.
In looking at all of this inspiration I just shared, there is still the common theme of layering. Layering is what creates these amazing images and is what pulls you in to explore how the artist created such a beautiful image. So this spring, if your intuition directs you to seek new inspiration, follow the call.
Have a great week!