Lily Pang Art

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Merry-go-Round: What inspires us: a peak into journals, pinboards, folders or wherever we keep our little snippets of inspiring stuff

It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of 10 artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.
This month question is: What inspires us: a peak into journals, pinboards, folders or wherever we keep our little snippets of inspiring stuff.

Apart from books, I have a folder in my computer that I keep all the images that I found insipring. The folder includes something like " flower, bird, bottle, sunshine, garden, sea view, ...".

Girl Making Tea (Acrylic on Paper) Sold

Newspapers and magzines also provide an excellent sources of inspiration of colors and postures of people. I have one file folder keeps cut out from newspapers and magzines.

For example, my painting "Lady Making Tea" is inspired by a picture from a story about a bar in Singapore with a photo of a lady mixing wine.

At the time, I have painted two paintings with lady, "Joy of Reading" and "Draming". The photo instantly triggered me to paint something similar to what I have done. The photo is a lady holding glass cup and with bottles of wines behind. I took the posture of the lady added oriental themes of the tea cups and the flowers. Unfortunately, I lost the paper with the photo that I cut from the newspaper.

For anything that will trigger you to create something, you must be in a state that is very creative. Otherwise, you will find very few things to be inspring. This is my experience. I wonder how others feel.

Please do visit others to find more about the topic:
Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design
Nikki at Beaded Zen
Wendren at Wren
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts
Charlotte at Fancy Picnic
Marian, Florcita's Art
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent
Fabienne at Easterya
Ruth at Birdland Creation


Ruth said...

Yes, stories! They are a lovely source of inspiration. And your painting really tells a story too.

florcita said...

wow! I don't remember seeing this painting before. I really like it, so soft and calm...daily life images can provide so much.

Easterya said...

I agree, you have to be in a creative state of mind to find inspiration, and this is why I find keeping journals such a good idea: I keep pictures and photos that I like or which trigger an emotion. So when I am in a creative mood, my journals are full of things I already like, and more likely to help me create...

LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...

What a great topic. Sometimes I find the inspiration for a painting in the strangest of ways!

Aloha, Lisa

meherio68 said...

We all seem to rely on nature a lot!

'fancypicnic' said...

I totally agree about being in a creative mind...when we are, there is so much inspiration out there for the taking!

Love your inspiration for the painting - wonderful how you used what you'd read to trigger something so beautiful.

I too have a rather packed folder on my computer...I keep filling it, but I have to say that I rarely look through it these days - but I find it almost impossible to leave flickr alone!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Beautiful painting!

Wendren said...

Using stories is such a great imaginative source of inspiration. I had forgotten about them.

They allow you to create your own images as opposed to relying on images to inspire. I love that!

Jenny said...

I also like the way you change a story into a new one, and a new work of art. Great art, I might add! :)