(This photo was edited in PSE using the stained glass window option)
Are you inspired yet?! ;)
I really love magazines! While I'm flipping through them I often find a pictures that make me say, 'hmm, that's neat!'. When I see something I like, I tear it out and keep it in my 'inspiration file':
I use my file to create paintings based off what I like in the photo. This helps me when I am staring at an intimidating blank canvas. When I sift through my file and find something that I really like, I keep it in the forefront of my mind and express it in my painting.
Bright orange color and flower shapes
A fancy headed stalk
A punch of purple and an interesting bulb shape
Another way to capture something that catches my eye is to keep my camera ready! (pun intended!) When I see a shape or a pattern on TV, I pause the channel and snap a quick pic:
The stems coming off the center of this piece are simple and most likely something that I can recreate without too much of a headache.
I hope this encourages you to make your own clever inspiration file!