"It never occurred to me to leave home to make art."
The quote above comes from a dvd that Lynne Hoppe lent me a few months ago titled What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann.
(here's a clip where these words are spoken)
That phrase struck me as true for myself and my work as well. I know many artists feel the need and desire to travel far and wide, and I used to wonder why I've never had that longing. I love being inspired by the simple things that pass before me.
We've been having a period of Indian summer which has been so nice. Opening the windows to let air in, knowing soon it will be too cold. I wandered around my yard appreciating the breeze, sunshine and beauty around me - feeling inspired by the textures, colors, and minute details longing to be observed, or so it felt.
I went back inside and got my camera, and all the pics you see are some of the things I saw...
check out the cute slug in these two :)
When I came back in, I went into my studio briefly.
From outside my window I heard a skirmish of some sort,
so I went to the window and looked down onto our patio.
I startled the startler - a beautiful red tailed hawk had landed,
probably on the hunt for one of the many critters that visit our bird feeders,
but he took off with empty claws, and flew right by my window!
It was so quick, but so amazing.
Nope, it never occurs to me to leave home to be inspired!