Friday 13 November 2015

What inspires you?

If you are an artist of any kind what things do you use for inspiration?

I take lots of photographs of things I see that I believe will inspire my art.  But it rarely impacts my art because the photos sit on my computer or on an external hard drive and I don't look at them again.  Maybe the images sit in the back of my mind and appear in artwork without my realising it.  I remember a tutor once who said something like if we don't fill our eyes with inspiration, nothing will come out of our hands.  She said it better than that so I hope you know what I mean.

Here are some of the photos I took in Australia that I feel should influence me somewhere along the line.

A metal sculpture



Rocks on the sea shore

The bark of a tree

Sandstone blocks in the park that from a distance look like blocks of wood

 A block of sandstone that looks like rusted metal

The Sydney Harbour bridge

Rocks in the mountain


A dead tree 

More mountain rocks

I'm sure you've noticed that most of these photos have a real textural quality to them.  I fee that they lend themselves to inspiring textile art.

What would you be inspired to do with these photographs?

Thanks for stopping by.

PS: After I had written this post I came across this blog post by Lain Ehmann which I need to reread and inwardly digest.   I plan to come back and write about it.


  1. Amazing pictures! I also read the article you referenced & know I am guilty as charged. Believe Lain is on to something. Truth is we're all on data overload. I confess the reason I do it is lack of confidence in my own abilities. Thanks for sharing Bernice! Challenged to ponder this.

  2. Your photos are incredible. I see in the textures all the layers you use in your mixed media backgrounds.


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