Inspiration Strikes

Painting is a passion of mine and as such, is ever evolving.  My artistic focus has grown and evolved over the 20 or so years that I have been painting consistently (I’ve been an artist all my life but serious about it for about 20 years).  A couple of attributes do remain constant – my love for bold color combinations; a strong sense of design; and a change in value (dark to light). 

Psychologists have said that color palette preferences are formed early in life and I find it fascinating that I am still inspired by the vivid colors of my childhood home in New Mexico and the Native American (Navajo) influence.  You will still find turquoise, red, golden yellow and black (used for symbols on Navajo pottery and weavings) in my paintings today and I love combining these colors together or adding other similarly vibrant colors to the mix. 

Ann Art Gallery owner Ann Bailey shares her thoughts:  “Jacqueline’s work exhibits energy and excitement. Her ability to show movement and joy in her color combinations is amazing, and stirs the creative side of my soul. It is a true pleasure to work with her and share her passion for life through art.”

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ~  Thomas A. Edison

What inspires you?

That’s the Idea!

So, where do I come up with my ideas for paintings?  Anything and everything has inspired my artwork over the last 20 or so years.  From my personal life experience (I’ll share more in a separate blog post); to song lyrics; to newspaper columns; to poetry; to snatches of conversations.  A great tool that has worked well is keeping a creative journal.  I jot down ideas as they come to mind and that way, when I need them, I can refer back to my journal.  So, I have lots of ideas to pull from when I begin a new series of paintings (I work in series of 8-10 paintings and complete 3-4 series a year). 

In my journal, I capture ideas for series; techniques I want to try; art books that I want to read; quotes I like; color combinations; sketches for painting layouts or anything else that appeals to me.  I also jot down communication drafts that I would like to share including art newsletters and blog posts.  For example, I currently have ideas for 7-8 new series.  Once a series is completed and I am ready to start something new, the ideas are there for me to select from.  Artist friends have told me that they feel artistically blocked sometimes – my creative journal is a wonderful means of keeping me focused and excited about new work.

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”  ~Victor Hugo

What do you use for inspiration?  Do you get blocked creatively and if so, how do you handle it?

Why A Blog?

Artists are visual, right? So write a blog? When people find out I’m an artist, they always have questions. How do you come up with ideas? What inspires you? How do you do that? I take the creative process as a given because it is a huge part of my life. But to many, it is uncharted territory. My website shares the “who, what, and where” and I hope my blog can shed some light on the “how and why.” Thank you for coming along on the journey!

“The joy is in the journey.” ~Anonymous

Do you write a blog? If so, what inspired you?