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    Friday
    Nov062009

    Collection #6

    If you only look at the art of other people, whether on blogs or Flickr or in museums, you miss other sources of inspiration. A great way to develop art that is your own, pull interesting bits from the patterns and colors in the world around you and use them in your creative designs.

    glorious metalwork in Bruges, Belgium inspires wicked swirly ribbon doodles, an icon or personal symbol, an oxidized silver jewelry charm, a character in a cartoon

    stained glass windows edge the Saint Bavo church in Haarlem, Netherlands, brings a funky color palette, abstract symbolism, patterns for quilting, doodles, the center of a mandala, an intertwined silver bracelet

    the fall aster in our garden with leaves and flowers in the background, a palette of lavender, magenta, lime green and pale yellow

    the stone edging embellishing a palace wall in Munich, a handmade eraser or FIMO fabric stamp, an embroidery detail, doodle-edged art journal pages or a mono-print

    in the spectacular starburst ceiling of the Saint Bavo Church, Haarlem, The Netherlands, i see a mandala, an embroidery design, a sunflower art journal background, a handmade eraser stamp, a scrap paper collage

     the urban graffiti art on a door in Amsterdam (clearly not in a legal zone), an art journal background, concept for an industrial font, a doorway sketch

    Photographs can snag a composition in a store window, typography, a palette of colors in a garden, a juxtaposition of colors in a weathered sign, the colors of the sunset, little designs for doodles & embroidery.

    Find more photograph prompts in the Collection series!

    Reader Comments (3)

    So true. Inspiration is everywhere. We just need to look.

    11.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

    your post is such great reminder to open our eyes and really LOOK.

    11.6.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdruga szesnascie

    I saw this post this morning and didn't have time to comment. Now it's "tea time", and I've a few minutes to spare. Tammy, your photography is superb. You have such an eye for detail - it's delightful and inspiring. I LOVE any type of architectural detail and have tons of pictures in my files. Doesn't matter if the architecture is old/traditional or new/contemporary. I love it all.

    Thanks for sharing your great pictures. All of these are just amazing. My fave int he group, believe it or not, is the graffiti door - so spontaneous and wonderful! Hugs, Terri xcoxo

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