Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What Inspires You?

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I have been giving a lot of thought of late to what inspires me.  Tonight's photo - food - is one of many things that inspire me.  I love to cook - I just don't get to do it often enough.  I also love a quiet dinner out with friends.  I'd lump a nice glass of wine in here too.  Other things on a short list of things that inspire me (in no particular order):
  • A beautiful sunrise or sunset (I'm not picky - I'll take either)
  • A brilliant, blue sky
  • A starry night
  • Just about anything crafty
  • Having my camera in my hand
  • A smell (cinnamon and other spices are current favorites)
  • Light (soft lighting makes me think of portraits - bright lighting makes me think of a filmstrip).  This goes along with color as well.  Orange is my favorite but other colors grab my attention from time to time.
  • Almost any body of water (you name it I'll normally find something I like - swimming pool, babbling brook, raging river, wide ocean)
  • A lot of other things in nature - birds seem to be a recent favorite
  • My pets
  • My nieces and nephews
  • Family and friends
I really snapped today's picture because I wanted a few shots to stick in my sketchbook to practice drawing a still life but since I felt uninspired overall today I thought perhaps a list of the things that inspired me might help end the day on a bright note.  What inspires you?

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