The world is washed in light this cold afternoon. Woodsmoke and dryness drop into the air around me. I have surrounded myself with gardens and forests as they start to decay.

Seeking inspiration….

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I paint and draw many images from nature and don’t want to fall into the trap of the internet being my main source of visual information. Although I must admit, I have never come close to capturing a  decent picture of a fox or a fawn….

But the trees and flowers do not run away.

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I wish some of the slower creatures were out today. The cold seems to be keeping them in. A snail or tomato worm? A toad perhaps?

Just the plants. These succulents are not bothered by last nights frost…

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And I wrapped the Tomatillos is sheets; hundreds of them are still not ripe…

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I love the idea of incorporation these husk tomatoes into a painting. Maybe as some kind of lantern or balloon.

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Walking outside and in nature helps me to get new ideas when i feel stuck. I like to repeat the same images and themes in my work, until I am done with them. Without new inspiration constantly coming in the work starts to go flat. It peaks and becomes pointless to keep recreating a stale idea. I am challenging myself to try to find new inspiration and images every day.

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