Earlier today I was having a contemplative moment at my desk, reflecting on what have been the most inspiring moments of this last week, and I could not stop thinking about these gorgeous and otherworldly fiery-red orange flowers growing on the wall around my neighbor's yard. I have walked over and admired these flowers, which I was told are a form of jade vine, over and again for the last ten days or so that they have been blooming. I've been so obsessed I even had an impromptu photo shoot and have made a few hula hoops videos using these flowers as the background as well - I literally cannot get enough of them!
It gets even better though, 'cause I know I'm not alone. I see lots of different neighbors stopping by to look or take pics or videos or going out of their way to pull their car over to admire. It's like we all want to take part in the natural beauty unfolding in our midst.
So anyway, like I said, I keep going over to look at these flowers and when I try to figure out how to incorporate them into my Inspo Saturday segment, I absent mindedly turned around and, bam. There they were showing up in my painting without me even realizing where the inclination to use such tropical chroma came from. I had been subconsciously inspired this week in such a brilliant and flashy way! Inspiration:sometimes it hits when you least expect it.
Here is my current painting along with the Pantone postcards I use to select painting palettes. Just look at how similar they are to the flowers!
(PS Don't worry, I didn't kill these flowers, they fell off naturally. I no longer pick flowers as I think the bees need them ten times more than we do)
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Have you ever been surprised to discover a subconscious inspiration infiltration in your own work or life? Please share your experience in the comments!
originally published: November 5, 2016