Simple inspiration: What's inspiring my artwork and jewelry

Do you ever just have to stop and snap a quick picture? Thank goodness for our phones these days. Inspiration lingers every where. Here's a few glimpses of colors, textures, and patterns that snagged my eye and heart this week: 

shadows of leaves dancing on the ground.

shadows of leaves dancing on the ground.

a minimalist pattern in the mountain snow melt. 

a minimalist pattern in the mountain snow melt. 

fantastic ripples in an alpine pond. 

fantastic ripples in an alpine pond. 

I can't wait to see how these inspire new work! 

What are some of your favorite sources of inspiration? Do share! 

Delicate Details in Nature: A Quiet Lesson of Inspiration & Gratitude

Allowing yourself to see and appreciate the small beauties and details can make a great difference in your daily outlook. Today, witnessing the patterns of frost helped me pause in awe and gratitude. What wonder. 

frost feather patterns 

frost feather patterns 

Even though, like many of you, I feel ready for spring, it was nice to not wish away this gift of time. It felt fulfilling to allow a simple pattern in nature to fill my reservoir with inspiration. Nature reflects the ultimate creator's work and it reminds me of the limitless possibilities of shapes, colors, patterns, and textures that we can bring to existence in our own artistic creations. 

Today as I enter the studio, I come with a sense of purpose and readiness to explore new design possibilities. I'm not here to wish away time (I wish it were spring. I wish it were the weekend. Etc.), I'm alive and choosing to live this day. 

Let your imagination and inspiration be filled today and overtime. Whether it's the pattern of frost (as it was for me today), the colors of new fashion lines, a song, movement, smell, or  architecture... we're always surrounded by the potential for a change in feeling and perspective. Be mindful and discover something new in the ordinary today.

I'm curious, what thing inspired you most today? Or where did you feel gratitude? Hope your day is filled with the joy of being alive.  

Inspiration of the Week : Color, Mountains, and Perspective

Much of my inspiration comes from the constantly changing display of colors in Colorado. On my drive home, I had to pull over to admire the view. The mountain sunset sky was perfectly doubled in its roadside lake reflection. Soft blue transitions to peach and into the darker outline of mountains and land. 

Sometimes a little perspective change enhances everything. 

Sometimes a little perspective change enhances everything. 

I had to snap a few photographs for the landscape before continuing the journey home. Do you ever have to stop and give time for truly taking things in? I love a good slow moment. Here it was an amplified world of pastel. Definitely has me inspired to create my own reflections of that beauty in the upcoming jewelry I create.  

Inspire Your Own Creative Buzz Today

There's something about being around certain objects, words, colors, and textures that peak my creativity. Do certain things do that for you too? Here are some things inspiring me today: 

Black and yellow are definite buzz colors for me today (and so says the bees). Yellow speaks of energy, excitement, and optimism. Black balances this with a grounded seriousness and sophistication. I hope whatever you're working on today, that you're surrounding yourself with positive and uplifting thoughts, objects, words, and community. 

Now let your creativity fly! 

Reviving a Lost Love for Oil Painting: Repurposing Fear

Yesterday I awoke with an incessant urge to paint. It had been 6 years since I had picked up my oil paints and allowed myself to create with them. This desire was so strong, I changed my plans for the entire day, giving myself the space to follow through with my inner wishes. I want to do more of that in my life: notice what I truly long for and pursue it. There's a childlike quality about it, maybe it's self-centered, but it's a keen awareness of needs that is playful and explorative.  

I unearthed my ancient oil paints. 

I unearthed my ancient oil paints. 

I was afraid I'd forgotten how to paint; to dictate colors, compose, and allow an image to come forth. I quieted that fear by dropping expectations and allowing myself to play. If nothing particularly lovely came to fruition, I was at peace with that. The result? My soul sang on the canvas. It was released in expansive landscapes, skies, and a sunset.   

Oil painting 1 : Landscape and sky with plenty of room to breathe. 

Oil painting 1 : Landscape and sky with plenty of room to breathe. 

Color and creation make me feel alive. It's in my jewelry, paintings, even my home and wardrobe. I'm thankful to have seized my soul's wish to create with paint yesterday. Otherwise, these two paintings would not exist in the world as they now do. I hope  when you feel a desire, you allow yourself to chase it too.  

Oil painting 2: vibrant Colorado sunset over the mountain range 

Oil painting 2: vibrant Colorado sunset over the mountain range 

"Feel the fear and do it anyway." That's advice I've heard and followed through on. It's okay to be afraid as long as you move through it. And on the other side, it isn't scary, it's empowering. Yesterday I greeted my fear of not being able to create a painting. I acknowledged it and kindly asked it to step aside because my soul longed to paint. This month, I'm vowing to keep doing just that... feel the fear and do it anyway.

I realize my fear of painting was about perfection and rejection; if I couldn't do a painting perfectly, I was afraid to make one at all because it might be rejected (by myself and others). Yesterday when I dropped my expectation of perfection, the process and product were fun, fulfilling, and authentic.  

What fears are holding you back today? Fears serve a purpose, often the intention is to keep us unexposed, safe, not risking rejection; homeostasis. However, to live more fully, we need to repurpose our fear by acknowledging the reason(s) it exists and asking the braver side of us to step in. Say, "Hello, Fear. I see you there and know you're trying to protect me. Thanks for you input, but I can handle this today."  Then take action. Even a small step.... Today!