This post gives thanks to Hibiki Miyazaki who is a fellow artist I came upon through Flickr a few years back. Her image Women With Yarn became the inspiration for my painting shown here of daughters Rose and Pearl. I believe it helps an artist to keep looking at the work of other artists they admire. I think of it as a sort of conversation, a passing back and forth of ideas and inspiration.
In my Noah Webster 1828 dictionary it tells me inspiration is "the act of breathing into anything... the infusion of ideas into the mind by the Holy Spirit; the conveying into the minds of men, ideas, notices or monitions by extraordinary or supernatural influence". When I look at work that I love it makes me want to go into the studio and begin working again. It is as if I have breathed in and I need to exhale.
(The eastlake love seat my girls are sitting on was purchased from a local junk store with a matching rocker for $150 two years ago. The springs are all shot and need to be redone but I have not gotten around to fixing it yet. Rose and Pearl shared a bedroom for the last two years until Rose moved out at the end of last September.)