Sunday, April 10, 2011

Animal Inspiration

More inspiration to share... beautiful nature watercolors from!  I love the subject (gorgeous animals) and the unique way she uses the natural properties of water and paint to create interesting texture and composition.  I love art that clearly shows how the artist respects their medium by facilitating, rather than forcing the work.

I'm an animal lover, bird enthusiast (my husband calls me a bird nerd) and nature girl... and these images inspire me to paint the things I love.  Thanks, Amber!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Feeling inspired?

I wanted to share this image of an installation done by Finnish artist Jonna Pohjalainen who created it from fallen trees in the forest. So inspiring!  I've been working quite a bit with colored pencils lately, so this piece really caught my eye.  

Artmaking has been pushed slightly to the back burner, for several reasons.  I still have not found a permanent "fix" for my hand/wrist pain. So holding a brush, pencil or any type of tool for longer than 5 minutes is still very painful. Frustrating for an artist... AND, I am currently almost 6 months pregnant with our second son! yay! So the first 3-4 months were spent trying to keep lunch down and sleeping any time I got a break from chasing my toddler. And then my last excuse is that I just haven't felt very inspired. It happens. 

So for now I'm collecting images that are inspiring. I think I'll post them occasionally to spread the inspiration. Enjoy!