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Collection #2

"If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment."
~ Linda McCartney

Get out there in your world with camera in hand and actively  look for interesting lines, forms, shapes, colors, patterns, textures, odd things together, collections of similar items. Linda McCartney sums the reality of photography concisely. Anywhere you go, (with exceptions, I know), take photographs. Hold the clicks at your aunt Megatroid's tarot reading sessions. Oh... and "ladies" in the red light district in Amsterdam will protest loudly and profanely if you attempt a photograph (ask me how I know). And some folks don't like photos in their stores. Use the incognito, camera-at-the-hip-no-viewfinder method to get the shot. Use common sense and be careful not to invade people's privacy.

the varied colors and textures of threads on an embroidery hoop... the muse for a doodle

natural neutrals against vivid blues at the zoo... paint colors for an art journal page

the chaotic linear tangle of wood and wire from construction in process... the spark for a journal or scrapbook layout or a doodle


the textured collection of browns of chocolates in Salzburg... textures for an art journal page

rough bricks of varied colors in Bruges, a palette of soft muted tones, a doodle, a journal or scrapbook layout

bicycles along a wall of graffiti in Amsterdam, a scene from a short story, or the muse for a journal post or graffiti look

art supplies... the incentive to draw, to shade, to add color to doodles

cubes of tofu in a wok create linear patterns with soft shadows... an art journal background or cubist doodle

i took this shot while my kids were in a soccer camp last summer. It was 100 degrees F in the shade when I noticed the urban textures & fonts on this utility box... the smooth shiny silver texture, indentation of the lettering, retro font, classifications, basis for a business card or a journaled list

red radishes at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, a page of circle punched images, photographs or text

From an organic farm in Pennsylvania to a home in Atlanta, a supermarket in Seattle to a market square in Germany, an art supply store in Chicago to an arts festival in Philadelphia. Just look and you will find creative sparks everywhere.

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Reader Comments (2)

This is a wonderful post. It is so exciting to hear about how people's inspiration works.

07.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterZom

Love this post and the pics of your inspiration pieces. I love that you use your camera to "see" the details. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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