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Collection #5

We seek inspiration. We seek ideas. We are curious. We see something and wonder how we can turn it into something else. How we can shape an idea into a story. We never just walk down the street with a blank mind. We are always looking.

in this wonderful paisley fabric from dhongia, a splendid color palette of rust, orange, yellow, a journal page textured with thread

in mexico last winter, we found precious paste dolls, each representing a different state... little senioritas give me and idea for a vivid acrylic painting or a palette of deep blue and pale orange for a journal page

this store in Ghent, Belgium reminds me of corner pharmacies in the northeast US, stores with entrances on each side of the corner that met to enter by one door... the backdrop for a scene in a story, window boxes on the wall facing the canal make such a lovely facade

urban afternoon shadows in Texas are a hand stamped fabric or a doodled border around an art journal page

i can envision a scene from a short story in an eclectic market in the redlight district of Amsterdam, a place with colorful characters

this pattern in the cobblestone streets of Ghent, Belgium make me think of hand-carved stamps, the background for a journal page background, a mosaic mandala, maybe a stainless steel and steel grey palette

in a tiny linen and lace shop in Ghent this framed antique lace gives me ideas for a mandala and reminds me to get back to embroidery and how beautiful ivory can be; a lace treasure in an old trunk could be part of a short story

i see cheerful color palette of reds, pinks and sunny yellows in windowsill plantings above the shops of Heidelberg; the muse for a character's home in a novel, or a pencil & watercolor sketch

in this arch adjacent to the Mirabel Gardens in Salzburg, a pencil sketch highlighted with soft rose transparent watercolors, an angel-inspired pictogram, a doodle, a poem, product logo, and inked edging on an art journal page, not to mention a unique color combination


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Reader Comments (4)

I LOVE the stories that your pictures inspire! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Tammy, this is hard for me! I'm very visual and can get easily WOWED! I'm just starting to look at my everyday environment and look for patterns, stories, snapshots in time for use later. But this is a habit that I will have to tend to, for me to use. I like all your different pictures you used. Thanks!

10.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

I came across your blog through another (Beauty and Joy) and have so enjoyed the fresh inspiration in this post! I'm living in a new environment and often awed by its beauty, and yet I'm sitting here shaking my head at myself for not seeing the little (and large) details beyond their photographic potential. I'll be heading into the rest of my day with a fresh eye for how the things my eyes see can be brought onto canvases, journal pages, etc. Cheers!

10.30.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLael

Terri, Eden and Lael, I'm thrilled that you liked this concept, I so enjoy it and am happy to share! If you go back through old photographs you will likely find patterns, ideas, details you didn't consider as fodder for art! ~ Tammy

10.30.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

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