for finding inspiration, part one.

How do we find something to draw? I still struggle to think like a painter when I’m so used to thinking like a photographer. I look for scenes or composition, and I need to more often look for objects or shapes or colours or something that can’t even be captured through a lens.

Look in nature for things that have colour and shape and form: mushrooms, pinecones, flowers, leaves, bark, small animals, stones or insects.

Look in the city for objects with geometry and tones and function: signage, boxes, bikes, bins, trash, doors, valves, food, or the feeling of a texture on the side of a building.

Look around home for stuff that feels familiar and you think you know: shoes, cans of soup, brushes, books, boxes, tools, toys or bits of technology.

Inspiration is everywhere.