If you follow me on instagram, you are well aware that I have an obsession with shadows and shadow puppets. There’s something so wonderful about the simplistic silhouettes cast onto the wall, taking on a life of their own with the right amount of imagination. It’s little things like these that inspired me as a child. I remember spending hours with my hand shadow puppet book, trying to get every figure just right.
I built a few shadow puppet ladies (which I’ll show you later on) and they took on a life of their own against the natural morning light.
Often times my final paintings, like the ones in the photo below, come from many hours of sketching. Working in my sketchbook is one of the best parts of what I do… so I make sure to carve some time out every week to spend unloading loose ideas onto paper.
With the holidays arriving sooner than we can imagine, my sketches have started to reflect accordingly!
See more pages from my sketchbook here.
2014 Calendars will available in my shop very soon! Can’t wait to share more.
See 2013 all over again, here.
When I’m creating a new piece I impulsively turn to the web to search for inspiration. It’s an efficient way to explore the world for new ideas… and often leads me to things I may never have come across if I were exploring my own neighborhood.
While the internet is lovely for triggering ideas, I’ve found it to be confining once I start working on bringing an idea to life. For instance, it’s one thing to illustrate a pair of pointe shoes by searching for images online… but to have those pointe shoes in your hand, studying every angle, feeling the satin ribbons, seeing them cast ever changing shadows throughout the day, that’s what takes inspiration to a whole new level.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been scouring Ebay for vintage items to inspire new pieces (take a peek at my findings here). Items like pointe shoes, gramophone horns, venetian masks, the list goes on and on! I’ve purchased a few of these things to study and inspire me, and I can’t wait to share the paintings with you.
My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt
I’ve had this dream in my head for a while now… where I’m drawing a dancer and she suddenly comes to life, effortlessly dancing across the paper. What a surreal world that would be…
Watch her dance to music here.