Inspiration Takes Hard Work

DSC_2531“Inspiration isn’t some magical thing to wait on, it comes from deliberate practice and demanding for it to show up.” -Jesse Zhang

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Tree of Life

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“…a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
…and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:1+2

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Bit o’ Night

This idea popped into my head while I was sitting in church on Sunday morning.  The minister said something about how we can’t hold the sky in our hands or contain the heavens – yet God holds everything in His hands…providence kind of ideas.  This image instantly popped into my head!  I thought of dreams and wishes and if we could capture them somehow ; )

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Inspiring Illustrations

One of my favorite artists is Oana Befort – her work shown above – vibrant, whimsical, and nature inspired.  You can look at her portfolio HERE

Another one that inspires me is Tracy Walker – her illustrations are bold, happy, and colorful.  Here portfolio is HERE

And, I enjoy the life moments depicted by Nikki McClure’s paper cutting.  Her work depicts the daily, real life, precious memories.  Her portfolio is  HERE

Art Print Cards

I buy cards from artists I like.  It’s an affordable way to collect favorite pieces.  They’re the perfect size to keep in an inspiration file or frame and put up on the wall ; )  Oana Befort, Cindy Gage Stotz, and Marjolein Bastin…all paint from nature in their own way.  They all use watercolors in their own particular style. 

Filling the Gap

“It’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you’re actually going to catch up and close that gap – and the work that you’re doing will be as good as your ambitions.” -Ira Glass

The “gap” is when an artist starts out with great taste but can’t quite create the great product – yet!
Don’t doubt that “killer taste” and get through the volume of work until it catches up to your expectations!