Monday, July 13, 2009

Inspiration & Motivation

Saturday I had the pleasure of going on a house and garden tour in historic Litchfield, Connecticut, that benefitted a local charity. One of the stately homes belonged to Oliver Wolcott Sr., an original signer of our Declaration of Independence. All of the gardens were breathtaking, with mounds of well tended flowers in full bloom, in remarkable settings with huge backyards that seemed to ramble on forever. There were clever little pocket gardens tucked up against the homes insuring privacy and intimacy. If you wanted to paint flowers, you could spend most of the summer there. But even my small garden is full of inspiration, especially this time of year when everything is blooming faster than I can keep up, now that time is in short supply.

These sketches serve two purposes - a way to draw and record daily - and to keep myself motivated. By seeing a body of work growing quickly there becomes a drive to add a new image each day thus creating a goal. For the summer while I am taking courses, this is one way to keep going. What inspires me, are my flowers - what motivates me, is that internal urge to create.

Maybe I will not be able to complete an oil painting this week, but I can spend a half hour here and there drawing. And at the end of the week, I can look back at something that I’ve accomplished. This is how I paint also. I try to work most of my free evenings, but if I do not finish quickly, then in about a week I generally have a completed piece. What motivates me is that I believe the next piece will be better still, and I just keep building on that as my continuing source of inspiration.


magicmyst said...

These sketches are lovely. Your sense of design is wonderful. YOu could maybe make these into cards too.

Cathy said...

These are lovely flowers Holly. The composition is very pleasing. I agree with you that sometimes you haven't either the time or the energy to complete something large. It is nice just to do a bit of sketching to satisfy the creative urge.

I like the idea of your garden tour in Litchfield. We have similar schemes over here whereby you can have a good old nose round someones fantastic garden and pick up a few tips, get some great photos and bags of inspiration, not to mention tea and cake at the village hall...ha ha.

Holly Zemak said...

Hi Kay - I was thinking of that, maybe some note cards. Thanks!

Holly Zemak said...

I had a great day Cathy, I also saw a local artist exhibit, had lunch at the farmers market and went to a local crafts persons shop where she sells her goods. Wonderful day!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Hi Holly
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your motivational thoughts and ideas for inspiration. I agree with you that the more one works, the more one is inspired to work. And also, there are so many ideas right in our own back yards. Love your work. The drawings are great.