Faith.Let the power of a word uplift you! Liam did for me!
My five-year-old grandson sparked a surge of creativity for me as we played a silly game of reindeer antlers (balloons stuffed inside pantyhose and planted on your head!).By the end of the fun-fill day the rubbery balloons had deflated inside the stretchy nylon. When I pulled the textures apart it reminded me of my collage days. Later, in my studio, I began layering paint, papers, shapes and patterns.
Painting in circles! Commission work is the best way to start my day.
Instantly I was a kid again remembering how spinning and twirling were so much fun. Why don't you try it? Release your inner child.
Below are custom paintings I was fortunate to be commissioned for someone's home. It's the best way to start my day, even if it was matching the Moir's shower curtain. I love how customers push my inspiration.
The Moir's shower curtain below:
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For 60+ years, as a Michigan native, I assumed all the white-barked trees I favored in my paintings were inspired by the Paper Birch, a common tree in my homeland state. So on my first-time-ever trip to Colorado I expected to see the Quaking Aspen. Which I did, but as my skin swelled with big puffy pink bites I waded deeper for a closer look. Sure enough, in the midst of Colorado forest the birch stood with its bark peeling off in thin wispy layers, having a chalky feel. Not more than a few feet away towered the aspen, its bark smooth to touch. True to its name the heart-shaped aspen leaves quivered, while the oval-shaped, toothed edge birch leaves took a bit more breeze to flutter. I was stunned to see them growing side-by-side.
I escaped the woods and took a Benadryl hoping the antihistamine would attack the welts that covered me. Instead my tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, and the sensation to scratch at the mosquito stings magnified.Next time this non-camping gal will do an internet search for inspiration as it only took a few keystrokes in the comfort of an air conditioned office to learn birch and aspen can both be found along the tree line across Alaska to down to Iowa and through much of the Rocky Mountains into Michigan and Pennsylvania.
When I feel stuck without an idea one of my favorite tricks for inspiration is to:
Look through old photographs.
The snapshot below of my sons and their friends led to a story in my second book, Trouble Out West In particularly this quote:
"It feels great to be four-on-a-couch playing Nintendo again and gulping root beer from the two-liter jug."
This spring I relied on photos, too. I happened to be so inspired I painted enough tulips for a gallery wall!
My photo inspiration ... and then I added a bit of jazzy artistic fun!
About the Artsy Shopkeeper
Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...