Monday, May 30, 2011

inspiration monday......{elvie-encore-post #1}


"some days there won't be a song in your heart. sing anyway."
emory austin


sometimes the inspiration just isn't there......and for those days when you really want to get humming, here are some ideas to tuck into your creativity songbook:

*grab a coloring book and box of crayons. it seems simple, but everyone finds comfort in coloring....and it's great fun to be a kid again!

*create some color washes onto blank paper using two or three colors of paint. just moving some color around with a paintbrush is inspiring, and you'll be happy to have these wash papers in your stash for a later project!

*spend some time curled up in your favorite chair with a good book, or even your stack of catalogs! my pottery barn and anthropologie catalogs never disappoint when it comes to inspiration!

*call one of your art buddies! having our own work space is fabulous, but it can also be lonely sometimes. good friends always have extra inspiration that they're willing to share!

*what's old is new again! look back at some of the artwork you created a year ago.....can you embellish upon the same idea? how would it look in a different color.....what happens if you use watercolor instead of acrylic?

*and my personal favorite that really gets me singing..... eat a piece of chocolate!! and yes, it's okay if it's on top of ice cream! (this one's a little tricky, and may need to be repeated once or twice before inspiration truly kicks in.... )




i'm currently on a little bloggy break......
this is an encore presentation of an inspiration monday post 
from november 1, 2009.


12 comments:

Pat said...

Hi Lori. I hope you're enjoying your break. These are all great ideas, but you forgot to include "visit elvie studio" when you really need a good dose of inspiration. That's what I do!

Chel said...

I love this! Thank you- I find that cutting little photos out of said catalogs and making a collage out of them really gets me inspired. I don't know why...

Cynthia Schelzig said...

WEll those were fun reminders...hope you are having some good off time...now off to eat my chocolate on top of ice cream:)

Renee Troy said...

So many good ideas! I'll have to try a few. I look forward to when you come back...enjoy your break!

garden clippings said...

Lori,
Your list is great. I have a stack of books I got last week that I'm saving for a time when I need inspiration. You are an inspiration too!!

Createology said...

Didn't expect to see you posting while on your sabatical. Great list of inspiration helpsies. Happy relaxing my dear...

Lainie said...

Thank you, Lori!
I truly needed this post. It is a huge comfort to know that other artists experience these days.
-Lainie

K said...

Great ideas, enjoy your break.

Felicitas Klink said...

oh this si so lovely. love your designs, Lori! xo Felicitas from Germany

mademoiselle G said...

Well I needed to read a post like this today. Have so many ideas running in my head that my hands are kind of "frozen"...Now I have some tips to start creating again and have to go get some chocolate! :-)

wv said...

you need
chocolade
hagelslag

xXx

shaksy said...

exactly the post I needed today! I've been trying to get back to my sketchbook but haven't had much success. So today I started a new blog and visited my fave creative blog (yours)....so that's a start!Now, I am going to go hunt up my crayons and play-thank you!!

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