In this series I am focussing on finding inspiration through exploration of media and the world around us. Most of the time inspiration doesn’t hit us out of the blue, we have to go looking for it.
Wattle flowers are a challenge in art. I see them most often either simply little yellow circles or little yellow dots. They are not exactly a flower that screams to be drawn in detail. But as I am somewhat obsessed in finding the beauty in the unnoticed, I’ve found myself a little obsessed with these little yellow balls of fluff.
Do you find yourself driven to make something? If given homework at school, did you hand yours up neatly written, but plain, or neatly written and decorated with multicolour penwork? What do you think is the force behind this need to create, make, or otherwise construct something out of anything?
God, this is scary – actually writing it down. Does this mean I actually have to follow up on it? 😀
It is more of a project than a resolution, but it is something that has been floating around in the vast empty space I use for a brain for several years now, and it is something I really should get off my butt and do.
I’m a Star Trek fan. Trekkie, Trekker, odd-ball and nerd, I’m a fan of the original 1965 television show, Star Trek. I have a book collection, a comic collection, all the films and television episodes on DVD with several documentaries kept on good ol’ VHS. I have a model of two different Enterprises on my desk, along with a borg cube that has fallen off the computer and is currently gathering dust behind my hard drive. I even have a little pewter Captain Kirk talking into a little pewter communicator (he sits right next to my cast metal Kitt and his figurine Michael Knight, but that is a whole other story :D).
I’m a fully qualified Star Trek fan.
What does that have to do with anything on this blog? Well, I have to go back in time a little to explain.
Eucalypt bark is rather unique. Some species (and there are hundreds of them) have bark of many colours. The Snow Gum that lives on the very top of our higher mountains literally has bark in a rainbow of colours, subtle but distinct in its own way. Another, the Lemon-scented Gum, has pink bark that almost looks like skin and wrinkles like that at the joins of branches. The Ironbark has almost black bark, the silver green of its leaves and pale pink of its flowers contrasting quite remarkably.
I think when you are free of constraints and out travelling, you see the world from a different perspective. Too much of our time is spent rushing there, dashing here, closetting ourselves at whatever workstation gives us money, and we don’t have the time to stop and look, really look at the world around us.
I’ve known for a long time that I don’t see the world quite the same way as most people. I’ve been known to be weird, odd, out of step, Aquarian, or just plain strange. I’m good at getting the wrong end of the stick in a conversation, and in group learning, my answers are always off centre of the norm. But it is my way of viewing the world that makes me the artist I am. So here I am going to blatantly share some of my points of inspiration, some of those personal moments that just spark for me and make me want to create. And perhaps I can share that spark, too.