March 16, 2010

Inspiration Abounds!

Thanks to Victoria over at for starting the blogger mashup of over 300 bloggers posting about what inspires them most!  You can find the schedule and links to all other bloggers here .  

There are a lot of things that inspire me such as colorful art, plants, the ocean, vintage looking photography, prints, books, my husband's poetry, live music, hiking above treeline, walking through the city on a snow day, riding my bike (preferably downhill of course...), interesting typography, birds and many more things too numerous to list but I've highlighted a few of my favorites.


Perhaps the one single thing, that encompasses a lot of other types of inspiration is traveling.  I'm slowly working my way around the world and I never cease to be inspired by new sights, hills to climb, languages to learn, culture to be immersed in and generally wondering what's around the next corner because you just really have no idea.  My travels inspire my life and art, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite and inspirational places from some of my more recent travels.

My list of favorite books is ever changing and constantly growing.  These are just a few of my all-time favorites which inspire me every time I pick them up.

Poetry is a definite inspiration- my favorite published poem being: Mending Wall by Robert Frost and anything by Anna Akhmatova.  My hubdude has written me stacks of poetry which might be the first thing I would grab if my house was burning down.  Lately I've been inspired by the short, generally calming words of Haiku.

I also find a lot of inspiration in art, particularly earth art and wide open spaces like my summer 'office'.  It's hard not to be inspired on a daily basis when working in such a beautiful place where anything seems possible.

I find all things plant related to be incredibly inspiring because the diversity, resilience and hardiness of plants is simply amazing, not to mention their looks.  I gave up my 'career' and traded it in to study plants because I find them so incredible and I've never been happier.  These are some of the miniature beauties that I find so inspiring and have the biggest impact on my art. The colors shapes and texture are amazing, and all from a little miraculous seed. 

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  1. You are so right on with the traveling.... and books!

  2. I love Rex Ray! Very inspiring.

  3. your words and pics together are beautiful.