"Office Suite in Blue" ............ oil ............ 10" x 10"
Inspiration can come from unexpected sources. I was lucky enough to see a lecture last year by Jeanette Pasin Sloan, who spoke about her early ventures into art. (Her work is quite amazing and I hope you'll take a minute or two to look through her website.) As I recall, it went something like this... she had a degree in art history, but was unable to find work in that field. At home with young children she realized there was more she wanted to do with her life, and so decided she would teach herself to draw and paint by recreating every object in her kitchen. This took two years, if I remember correctly... and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sloan's life is as different from mine as anything I can imagine, and yet the idea of painting what was around me, as simple as that sounds, stayed in my head. At the time I'd built a small but workable clientele for my botanical work over a dozen and half years. I was feeling a bit restless with it, however, and wanted to venture elsewhere for awhile. Somewhere in between then and later, I started making painting familiar objects in my office and studio. The series is still quite small, and nothing at all like the fine work of Sloan, but I think I owe this jump to her (and to Big Lots, who was selling 4 tape dispensers in a pack for $2 in blue, green, pink, and yellow. The crappiest tape ever, but the I saw those transparent colored dispensers and had to have it).
Where does your inspiration come from?