Where does “Inspiration” come from?

Believe it or not each painting is usually in the works at least a couple of months before I pick up the brush. Inspiration and ideas just come to me as I give myself the time to relax and delve into what the next painting might be.

There are definitely times when I see something or someone that speaks to me and the need to put my version on paper or canvas is great.

Lately, I’m inspired more by people than places or things. Our recent photography show at Nainsook Framing + Art was the genesis for this. My husband and I traveled to Spain and Portugal in September, and it was a wonderful opportunity to take my camera and try to get some street scenes that told a story. The human factor and the story that is told with each photo inspire me to pick up a brush and create a new rendition for viewing by all.