Saturday, 22 October 2011

Steve and I On the Wings of Inspiration

On the Wings of Inspiration

Ok I have been sitting here for half and hour trying to write something meaningful about inspiration to accompany my piece for Inspiration Avenue's blog party, but at the end of the day I just don't think I am good at the whole deep and meaningful thing. Maybe it is because it is Saturday morning and the coffee hasn't kicked in, or maybe its just because Inspiration is really pretty simple. I find inspiration in things around me, the plants and flowers in the garden, even the fruit and veg aisle at the grocery shop is full of possible subjects. I can walk around the house and I find things like my blue and white urn that I love, or my tea cup, or a picture torn from a magazine... the sources of inspiration are just endless if your eyes are open.


Inspiration is never the hard part, but finding time to make the most of it is a touch harder, and even harder still is getting away from the time robbers, whether it be the dog throwing up or falling in the pool, the dishwasher blowing up, negative people, a crisis at work or at school, or with whatever million things aim to  that eat into our play time ...all of these things take away from acting on inspiration, and the battle so many times is with these demons, not creative ones. 


I draw inspiration from my life, and my friends, and cyber space, and music and tea and my family and from other peoples blogs and thoughts, especially through Inspiration Avenue and Artists in Blogland,  and from conversations and idea you catch floating around you. I was discussing all this with my fifteen year old daughter and she had some great insights. Of course insights from her are not uncommon as she is actually a retired gay man, who I like to call Steve, in a fifteen year old body, but that is a whole other story!!! She reminded me that she had done a drawing earlier this year in art at school that met the brief perfectly, and as tempting as it was to steal her work and claim it as my own, I decided to instead put it on here to share with you. So here are mine and Steve's entries for the  On the Wings of Inspiration Blog Party.


Ethereal by Phoebe " Steve" King




37 comments:

Tracey Potter said...

I love reading your posts Tracey, they make me smile. When I saw the blog heading I thought I was going to read a story about another of your high school crushes! Steve, love it, you have such a wise, talented and amazing daughter, does she know you called her a retired gay man on your blog :) Your submission is brilliant! Can't wait to see it for real.

Anonymous said...

First of all your art is great. I love your blue and white urn and flowers. Also your daughter Steve is quite artistic as well. I've heard the nut doesn't fall far from the tree. LOL
:-) Good post!
I am anonymous because blogger is out to lunch.
:-)gemma

NatashaMay said...

Love both of your pieces! I can see you have passed the art gene along the line.:)

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments. If I could draw like you I would be in heaven, love orange, love your poppies. xox Corrine

Theresa said...

Thanks so much for your visit & comments. So glad to meet you via blogland. I love your botanical flowers & other works you are sharing here. Following you back, have a great weekend. Theresa

VonnyK said...

Phoebe is so talented, just like her mum. Love your bright flowers and Phoebe is beyond her years.

see you there! said...

What wonderful art the two of you posted for us. Truly, you inspire me to get out my paints.

Darla

Teri C said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!!! Love these colors together.

A Dancing Mango said...

beautiful! Wow, I am excited for your achievements.
what a wonderful work of art.
Thank you for your visit on PPF.. my first time.. :-)
Hugs, Darlene

Mary Hysong said...

Ooooh love them both; your daughter is as talented as you are; Thanks for stopping by my place! Happy PPF!

Anneke (An) Wijers said...

Hi Tracey,
Thanks for your nice comments on my blog.
You are a great artist!
I like your poppies very much!
Greetings, Anneke

New End Studio said...

Enjoy reading your sometimes funny and always thoughtful posts, this was another one. TFS and the two pieces are gorgeous, the vase and Ethereal.

linda said...

I love your poppies as they are so fresh and the colour combination is great. I also love your Ethereal as it has so much emotion in it.

Lesley said...

Such a great post. As you say - inspiration is all around us. I love that you included Phoebe's art - she is obviously as talented as her Mum.
Great pieces - both!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Hi Tracey,,,thanks for coming by my blog as now I found your blog. I LOVE your work!!! Love the vase of flowers and I could not help spy that tea piece on the sidebar,,,,fabulous!! I want to cruise through your blog for my Saturday inspiration:) I just signed myself up too:) Have a great weekend!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE your style, and I really enjoyed reading about your sources of inspiration- I myself have been having a dry spell lately, so it's always nice to read where others get ideas. Thanks for sharing!

bohemiannie! art said...

I'm with you Tracey. Inspiration is everywhere and you did a great job of describing it - AND - drawing/painting it. Steve takes after her very talented mother. :)

MollyGirl said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha! I have a 14 (soon to be 15) year old and your description of Steve had me rolling on the floor!

Your words and art always make me think and smile... YOU are great inspiration.

Catherine Denton said...

Your flowers are stunning--the detail! Finding inspiration everywhere is a wonderful thing. I used to be afraid if I used a great idea, then my inspiration box would be empty. But I've found the opposite is true--inspiration grows from released ideas.

Thanks for sending "warm spring thoughts" this way on My Blog! :D

peggy gatto said...

All my favorite things her!!!
blue and white
flowers
still life
I love this!!!!!!!!

Georgie Horn said...

Beautiful poppies! Come by for some puddin n pie...
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/10/your-chance-to-win-dont-miss-this.html

Joni Nickrent said...

Wonderful post and beautiful art...love the pops of color and your amazing style! POP ART MINIS

Terrie said...

More poppies - and in such a great container. What a great painting and very inspirational!

Dorien said...

What a lovely poppies, they look great!

Robin said...

Hi There Tracey..!...your vase is scrumptious...just perfection...so bright and vibrant...and the flowers as well..Im so glad to have met you through Just Journals...!I love the description of your daughter..Id love to meet such a sweet and "old" soul...what fun you must have..! having fun browsing through..!!

Marlene said...

Your poppies are wonderful and the detail in the vase is amazing. Beautifully done.

Linda Starr said...

I love the poppies and your daughters piece is intriguing.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Great post and such beautiful artwork by both you and your daughter. Your description of her made me giggle.

priti.lisa said...

Steve is an amazing artist...I am blown away! It is such a spiritual, comforting piece.
And You know I am a HUGE fan of yours, Tracey. I have repeated it enough :)
I agree...inspiration is easy, the time-robbers are the real problem. ♥♥♥

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am late getting here this week, since I like to show up before the unveiling of each person's blog art. I always appreciate your art, and the deeper meanings don't matter as much as the thought behind it all. Inspiration and talent must run in the family!

Hettienne said...

Beautiful!! and I would love to hear all about Steve - sounds fascinating!

Kristin said...

Oh! You had me at the pottery and poppies! I love this - it reminds me of Holland ;) And I LOVE Steve! Cracked me up - you are (all) so talented, xoxo

artangel said...

Very beautiful floral - delicate yet really vibrant at the same time. Phoebe is not only very talented (obviously art runs in the family!) but what an utterly fabulous alter ego, love it!! x

kirstin mcculloch said...

Your poppies are just beautiful - I agree with you that its not the inspiration thats the problem, there is so much to inspire, but the procrastination and time robbers can really such you dry.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment x

Fallingladies said...

the poppies are just so beautiful against that pretty blue pattern!

hurdle gully said...

You crack me up!!!! Stunning art! Love to see poppies influlatrating everywhere!! You are totally right about the whole 'thieves of time'.....

Michellem said...

Your painted flowers are gorgeous!!