There are a lot of artists in my family. While classmates shuddered at the king-sized book for Introduction to Art, I attacked the pages with glee! The pictures and styles and artists within were like seeing and reading about old friends!
Inspiration comes from anywhere. Capturing an instant of emotion during a special ceremony on film is an example of the human touch. Sketching a pen-and-ink drawing of a busy farmer during harvest time demonstrates the dust and toil of gathering crops. Painting a still life of decoratively assembled fruit brings vibrant colors to the canvas.
Is there any meaning to items used in still life art? Relatives and friends demanded more from me than a quick glance and brief comment about texture or skill. They wanted to know if I “got it”, it being the meaning behind the driven force that led to their creations.
One of the last things Mom created is this stitch-art wall hanging. She didn’t have the time to add her signature. The fun in looking at her work was finding out where she’d hidden the name. Since I cherish plants and flowers (my family will tell you I’m the green thumb one), I think part of the theme is her eternal love for me.
The flowers are safe in an unbreakable vase. Both will endure forever. The black background represents the unfamiliar journey she was soon to take. The white and light colors imply hope and joy.
Even the small pebble that your child finds and brings to you is more than a pretty object. It is a gift from the heart. Ponder the significance of the gift and share the theme you see or feel with the artist. Your comment and thanks may just make someone’s day!
What are some of the things that motivate your creative flow, from blogs to cooking to anything that adds to life?