Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What Inspires Me

Being inspired and staying inspired is a constant battle for me. I believe nearly anything can be inspiring depending on how you choose to look at it. That is what I notice about artists, about writers, painters, musicians, any creators: a chair is never just a chair, a tree never just a tree. There is more to any picture, any quote, any person. Being inspired is seeing something, and then seeing the countless layers beneath it. It’s knowing there is so much more than what the surface allows us to see.

In a photography class I took last semester my teacher said, “Real artists take a picture. And when everyone sees what’s in focus they see the minute details no one ever thought about. A real artist takes a picture, and an entire story is told in a single frame.”

I think about that as I write. When I begin to brainstorm for my post, I don't always write about things that are evident or easy to see, but instead what may be out of focus. That’s my picture.

Each week I try to listen to a new artist, read new articles, spend time outside, and spend time being quiet to really hear my thoughts. Here are some of the things that inspire me and maybe they will spark a genius invention or idea for you!

Daniela Andrade's cover of Crazy In Love by Beyoncé

Shannon Saunder's cover of Swim Good by France Ocean

Neil Hilborn's spoken poem, "OCD" on Button Poetry

Everything Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird is such an incredible book for any artists.

Quotes, and Pinterest because it's the reason I have a board dedicated to wonderful words.

Happy Wednesday xoxox

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