Thursday, March 5, 2009


One of the advantages of working from home is that you are able to listen to your creative forces at any time, day or night. There have many nights that I have crawled into bed after a busy day, looking forward to a full night's sleep~ only to wake up at two a.m. and have a burst of creativity.

Lately I have been working on a series of miniature illustrations for Rachel at Two Dog Pond. This is one talented lady. If you haven't visited Rachel's blog - you'll want to. We are working on a project together and will announce it as we finalize the details.

There is no rhyme or reason to when creative energy might take hold. I might be at the gym and notice someone doing a series of stretches, or at the local market watching a woman choosing a bunch of asparagus in the produce section.

Inspiration is different for all of us- what one may see as insignificant, another may notice an innocence or it might conjure up a memory from the past. One does not need to sketch or paint to be inspired by something meaningful or particularly lovely. Picking out a greeting card for a friend may inspire you to write a note about an experience that you once shared. Shopping for fabric can bring back all sorts of memories - perhaps that of an apron worn by your grandmother, or the scent of a candle may instantly bring you back to the weekend several years ago when you were without power due to a storm.

I am inspired to sketch by the things all around me, every day. A bunch of fresh asparagus can instantly take me back to the smooth, thick soup that my Mother made in the early spring. What inspires you to paint, sketch, write in your journal, bake, or maybe bring out your sewing machine? Do you find yourself awake at the wee hours ready to start a new project, waiting for daylight so you can begin ~ anxious to see what the new day will bring?

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  1. Oh yes, I love the dawn of a new day and the fervor or the fun of a new project and then the completion - so that I can begin the next one. I have always had this excitement to create from since I was a little one and now each year it just seems to grow. Especially in the SPRING, and things like fresh asparagus and daffodils appear.
    Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.

  2. Oh dear Debra - I'm an abject failure on this count! I don't have a creative atom in my body, it's just as well I chose science as a career path (or rather it chose me!) & let the arts sector escape my horrendous lack of talent. I just love your featured image, it's quite, quite lovely.
    Millie ^_^

  3. P~The feeling of ~ 'I want to do it all' just intensifies with years. When I was little I saved snippets of this and that for projects that other tossed away. Thankfully I have narrowed the playing field a little.

    Millie~ Oh, but I was horrible with the sciences- so we each have our own gift.

  4. Hi Debra,
    I can totally relate to those random moments of creative inspiration.Wonderful sketch, too! Have a great day!

  5. I too am inspired at inopportune times. It comes from anywhere at anytime, doesn't it? Great post, thanks for sharing!

  6. Anne~ I feel inspired after visiting you~ with your bright, sunshine colors and the feeling of warmth that comes from you posts.

    Real Card Studio~ So happy to see that you came for a visit. I guess we are all much the same-when the iron is hot...and so on. Do stop by again.

  7. I too love to wake just one step ahead before daylight breaks. Deb that is funny I have done that too when during the night I will think of a phrase or an idea and hop out of bed to jot it down. Beautiful drawing my friend.
    Oh... I can't wait to hear about the project you girls are working on. xoxo

  8. I found your beautiful blog through Anne's blog and just love your work! If you haven't watched the TED video of Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) -- you must! It's called, A Different Way to Think about Creative Genius.

  9. I have inspiration in the middle of the night, but the only time I actually got up at 3:00 am was the first weekend of starting my blog. I was so obsessed with getting the first few postings written that were in my head it took me 2 days to recover :)

  10. yes, inspiration can strike at any moment, but i wish it wasn't at 2 am ;). i love your illustrations. thank you for visiting us!

  11. So glad to have found your blog via PVE design.Great post on middle-or-the-night musings, I thought it was hormones, but i now prefer to think of it a creative much nicer. Your drawings are lovely!


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