I collect images that inspire me. As an artist, I find them to be an invaluable tool.
I find images all around me. From publications such as Art News, Art in America and Art Calendar Magazine as well as artist postcards, magazines and gallery publications. I also read multiple art blogs and love to find new artist websites that make my brain think in a new way and see the world differently.
I am attracted to different images for different reasons. Many times I am simply drawn to the way certain colors interact with each other. Other times it will be a shape or the way a sharp edge dissolves into a blur. I will sometimes keep images as a reference to the shape of an eye or hand. There are images that I save because they evoke a strong emotion…negative or positive. Sometimes, an image just makes me smile and puts me in a great mood.
I keep all of these images in a three-ring binder, in sheet protectors. I currently have a few hundred pages in my collection. If I ever go through the book and an image no longer speaks to me…I take it out and toss it. This makes the binder a current, working tool.
What inspires you?
(sample images from my Inspiration Book – click to enlarge)