Updated: Jul 21, 2019
Something I have tried to cultivated in my art practice over the years is the habit of collecting inspiration through photographing patterns, shapes, colors, textures and everyday imagery. One of the best times to do this is while I am traveling.
Last week while on a short family vacation to Bermuda, my daughter and I found a collection of colorful bits of pottery and broken china washed up on the beach, and I was inspired to create an impromptu piece of beach art.
While I was doing this, I was struck by how different these bits and pieces from every day life were from the objects that you usually expect to find washed up on a beach. And it made me wonder what the stories are that lie behind these colorful discoveries. How did they end up in the ocean? Were they lost or purposely disposed of? Were they precious to the people who possessed them? Are they missed?
We took a ferry ride into the capital city of Hamilton and I snapped a few photos of things that I thought would be interesting to look at for future ideas and to use for inspiration in my artwork.
Of course the letters in the picture above appealed to my inner "graphic designer." I loved how this was actually a small piece of art that was incorporated into an everyday, utilitarian part of the infrastructure of the city.
Sometimes I think that there is no better artist in the world than mother nature.
I even managed to squeeze in some reading for school! Although, I have to admit that it was ambitious of me to bring two books with me on vacation. I only managed to read a portion of the top one, and the title is just slightly misleading, as there is nothing short about this book. Also, I like how my toenail polish (upper right corner) matches the red on the cover of Interaction of Color by Joseph Albers : )